Allergies through the Seasons

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lynda-y Allergies , , , , , ,

If you have allergies like I do, you may not be getting much relief year round. There is always something that causes a problem. You may experience one or all these allergens and I feel for you. I have an allergy every month. Sometimes I have multiple allergies a month and it’s not an easy thing to live with. I would really like to share with you my experience and would love to hear from all you. What has helped you?? Any tips or tricks you do to protect or relieve allergy symptoms?? Feel free to leave a message or use the contact me. If I don’t have an answer I will definitely do my best to find you one. Allergies suck. Anything in my posts are MY experiences and what I have found searching for help myself. It is by no means to replace the advice of a medical provider, and I encourage everyone that needs it to get allergy testing to find out what is the cause of their symptoms, before they can look for proper way to help ease suffering.

Year of allergies
Year of allergies

X/ = Possible start, depends on location and weather

To keep exposure of dust to a minimum in the winter months, you should try to keep your humidity between 45- 55%, make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter and use it regularly, and always use mite proof covers over your pillows and mattresses. If you need to, use a humidifier to put some moisture in the air, especially during winter months when you are running heaters and keeping doors shut. But be careful not to let it get to far one way or the other. Too much humidity and you can cause mold, not enough and it will dry your skin, lips and nasal passages and with dry nasal passage it will allow more allergens into your body. A good website to check out for information on humidity I think is this one:  https://www.centralhtg.com/blog/humidity-levels. There are other sites that recommend you keep your humidity lower than this, but I have heard from different sources, including allergists that say 45-55 is ideal.

Tree pollen can start as early as February in a lot of places, even in the Northeast and with the weather being as odd as it is these last few years, it is getting harder to tell when things will start blooming. I live in the Pacific Northwest and the trees have been showing signs of new life since the middle of January.  Some of the trees that commonly cause allergies include Ash, Beech, Birch, Box Elder, Cedar, Elm, Hazel, Hickory, Olive, Pecan, Oak and Willow. Tree pollen can mimic spring allergies and cause the same reactions. Any tree has the potential for a reaction, which is why it is important to get tested if you suspect pollen allergies. Trees grow in different regions, so not everyone is exposed to them. As for me, I am allergic to Alder, Box Elder, Fir, Pine and Cedar. As far as Christmas trees go, I have found many places that will say that it isn’t necessarily the tree that people are allergic to, but there are microscopic mold spores that live in the branches. For some, if you really want the smell of a real tree at Christmas it is recommended that you put it in your garage or shed for about a week and before bringing it into the house, thump it onto the ground a few times to get the mold spores to drop off. Just make sure you clean the area afterwards.

If you suffer from spring allergies, in the month of June you will more than likely have good days and bad days as the weather changes and the temps go up and down. At least here we get rain in June which does change the pollen count. The best way to know what good days to be outside are is to check the local pollen count. Wind picks up dry pollen and sends it into the air. So you need to be careful on windy days. Always check your weather to see what kind of wind to expect. When it’s cold outside or has been raining, the pollen counts are usually lower.  One good reason to get tested if you are having symptoms of allergies is that you might end up having trees in your yard that you are allergic to. How close the tree is to you will makes a big difference. When it’s in your own yard, it could expose you to 10-15 times as much pollen as a tree down the road.

When mold spore count is getting high, it is best to stay indoors to avoid them. The best way to keep away from these allergens is to close up the house, try not to open doors and windows any more than necessary and run an air conditioner with a HEPA filter. A good HEPA filter is essential in helping remove allergens out of the air, whether it’s your vacuum, air conditioner, heater or humidifier, good filters may cost a bit more, but usually last longer and nowadays they are making rinse reusable ones. Spending a little more actually will save you in the long run and you can use that money elsewhere.

The ragweed pollen season usually ends by mid-November in most areas of the country. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. This is a great site with lots of help topics. Ragweed is the primary cause of allergies. Ragweed plants are tough plants and survive in many places especially found along roadsides and riverbanks, in vacant lots, and fields. There are at least 17 species or more of this plant. Ragweed belongs to a larger class of plants and others in this group include:

  • Sage
  • Burweed march elder
  • Rabbit brush (bur ragweed)
  • Mugworts, groundsel bush

    Common Ragweed
  • Goldenrods, marigolds, zinnias, sunflowers

These weeds grow wild all over the United States and are impossible to get away from. They only live one season, but one plant could produce billions of pollen a year and keep them growing farther and farther away from the original and reproducing. According to the Allergy and Asthma website the pollen tends to be very light and do most of its traveling between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. depending on the weather conditions. Also an interesting fact from there site, pollen from these weeds have been able to travel up to 400 miles out to sea.

If you have fall allergies and react to fungi and molds, you probably face your worst symptoms in late summer and early fall. One thing I found to be interesting is that it’s common for people to develop an allergy to one or more types of mold if they, or other family members, have a history of allergic responses to things such as pollen or animal dander. I didn’t think animal dander would have anything to do with a mold allergy. But this is why it is important to keep a log or a journal of symptoms, times of days you get them and maybe the pollen counts for the day. It is requested also, if you are going to see an allergist that you do this so they can better help you. There are all kinds of places to get pollen counts like weather sites, some allergy sites like Flonase or Claritin even pollen.com. But my favorite is AAAAI or the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology they give a map of the whole United States and 4 countries. most sites give what the count is or maybe 2-3 types of pollen. AAAAI is the only one I found that does 4. They give the count of trees, weeds, molds and grass. It also tells you on most occasions what species are giving the count for the day.

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Lynda Y

I am the mother of 4 grown children that I am proud of and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I have the love and support of my wonderful soulmate Brian. He stands by me no matter how hard I am to handle and for that I am eternally grateful. With his encouragement and support it has pushed me to want to do better and has encouraged me in my writing and wanting to help others. I am a beginning blogger on allergies and a product reviewer. I write my blog because when I was diagnosed with allergies, I had no help on what I was to do. I want this to be a place people can discuss and learn together how to ease the burden of the allergy seasons, whether it is seasonal, indoor, outdoor or food and lucky me, I have some of each. I love the 80's, gardening, crafts and cooking. I enjoy DIY projects and taking things that others would throw out and making useful again. I enjoy going to the beach and relaxing or camping in the woods. I love the great outdoors, football and most of all I LOVE and am very PROUD of our US MILITARY men and women.

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