When people talk about allergy season, they often mean the spring months when trees and grasses release pollen. But, allergies can occur at any time of year.
Trees, grasses and weeds produce different levels of allergens in various regions. Some plants, such as ragweed, bloom more than others and can cause severe allergies.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, coughing and wheezing. They can also affect the skin and cause rashes or itching.
If you have trouble avoiding the things that trigger your allergies, there are medications available to relieve symptoms. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants can help alleviate symptoms.
In some areas, the weather can make a big difference in when pollen season is bad. The ocean breeze can help remove pollen from the air, reducing allergy symptoms in coastal cities and towns.
The fall tends to be a rough time for allergy sufferers. The warm weather and dry conditions encourage weeds, like ragweed, to grow more quickly, releasing large amounts of pollen.
A good rule of thumb for weed-allergy sufferers is to stay indoors during peak ragweed days, avoid outdoor activities when ragweed is in bloom and use an asthma or nasal spray.
If you have persistent allergy problems, you may want to consider immunotherapy. Immunotherapy desensitizes the body to specific allergens, helping to reduce allergic reactions. Your doctor at Hudson-Essex Allergy will provide you with a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.