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Preparing for Seasonal Allergies

As the weather gets warmer, there is an increase in pollen and mold in the environment which triggers the dreaded allergy symptoms. Pollen season can start as early as February and last through October, depending on your location’s weather patterns. 

If you feel like your allergies are getting worse each year, you’re not alone. The weather throughout the year affects that season’s pollen levels. Milder winters lead to very high levels of pollen during the warmer months, which accounts for 10 months out of the year. Studies have shown that due to climate change, pollen levels have been increasing significantly. 

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

The cause of spring and summer allergies are trees, grasses or weeds, and flowers. As they bloom and release pollen, the wind carries it across the environment, onto surfaces, and eventually us. Many of these plants continue to release pollen well into November and are often a culprit of fall allergies.

Continue reading for ways to prepare for pollen season. If you suffer from year-round allergies, these practices can be done throughout the year to protect you from allergens. Check out these home remedies that can help alleviate allergy symptoms naturally. 

Use HEPA Filters

HEPA (high-efficiency particulate absorbance) filters are an effective way to keep pollen and other allergens from entering your home. HEPA filters remove dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns from the air and are recommended for anyone with allergies. 

Minimizing Indoor Pollen

We unintentionally bring pollen into our homes, which can trigger our allergies as we lounge on the couch or lay in bed. While the HEPA filter is great at filtering these particles out, it’s also good to adopt certain practices to minimize the amount of pollen you track into your home. 

Allergens cling onto fabrics, so it’s smart to change your clothes when you come indoors. Clean any upholstery and bedding regularly and dry the linens indoors. Keep the door closed as much as possible to prevent pollen from entering the home.

Treat Allergies Before They Hit

Starting allergy medication before you experience symptoms is a good idea – it can prevent your body from releasing histamines (the chemical that triggers allergies) before you are exposed to the allergen. 

While allergy medication can significantly improve your allergies, immunotherapy remains the gold standard of allergy treatment. Allergy immunotherapy works by gradually exposing your body to the substance that triggers an immune response, eventually building up to tolerance to that substance. Allergy immunotherapy can be a life-changing treatment, giving allergy sufferers the ability to enjoy the outdoors effortlessly.

If you suffer from allergies and are fed up, we can help you kick them to the curb. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Dean today to get started on an individualized allergy treatment plan.




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