Everyone is familiar with spring and summer allergies. Warm weather brings pollen and misery to the 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children who suffer from allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Unfortunately, cooler weather doesn’t get rid of all allergens, or alleviate symptoms for all sufferers.
Tree, Grass, and Weed Pollen
In spring, plants burst forth into bloom, releasing their irritants into the air. The most common outdoor allergens are plant-based. As pollen counts rise, so do visits to the doctor and allergist. By keeping windows and doors closed during the worst of the pollen season, it’s possible to improve indoor air quality. Consider adding Hepa filters to indoor air systems, to reduce pollen drawn in from outdoors. Regular irrigation of the sinuses may also prove useful in fighting spring and summer allergens.
Dust Mites, Cockroaches, Pet and Rodent Dander
As the year moves into cooler temperatures, the pollen count drops and some allergy sufferers get relief. There are some, however, who experience more “winter colds” than the average. Those people may actually be suffering from allergies. Although the pollen-producing plants have died off or gone dormant for the colder months, we tend to spend more time indoors. With doors and windows sealed against the cold, the concentration of allergens within the home increases quickly. Pet dander, dust mites, and other indoor allergens multiply, creating a perfect storm of allergens.
Regular cleaning of the home, and maintenance and replacement of air filters may help reduce the numbers of allergens in the air.
Summer Allergies – Charleston, SC
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