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Allergy Tips for Every Season

Don't Let Symptoms Prevent You from Enjoying the Weather

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Every season of the year brings new obstacles to allergy sufferers. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies (such as sensitivity to pollen in the spring or mold in the fall), or allergies that are a nuisance in every season (like pet dander and dust mites), there are plenty of things you can do to lessen your symptoms year-round.

Spring Allergy Tips
Most spring allergies are related to pollen—powdery grains that are carried by wind or insects and are necessary for plant reproduction. Flowering plants and trees, such as the oak, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, maple and walnut, start pollinating between January and April, depending on their location. When pollen is in the air, it can land in the eyes, nose, lungs or skin of a sensitive person and cause itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, coughing and other breathing difficulties.

Pollen allergy symptoms are often minimal on rainy, windless days because pollen does not move much during those conditions. Hot, dry, and windy weather brings more pollen into the air and results in more allergy symptoms. In the United States, pollen season typically runs from March until October, but it can begin as early as January in southern states.

If you are sensitive to pollen, here are some tips to help you cope:
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to prevent pollen from blowing into your home and car.
  • Avoid going outside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are highest.
  • Don’t dry your clothing on an outside line, as pollen can be transferred to your clothes and into your home that way. Use a clothes dryer instead, or an indoor clothing rack.
  • If you’ve been outside, change your clothes in the garage before entering your home to prevent pollen transfer. Shower and wash your hair before going to bed so you don’t spend the night covered in allergens.
Summer Allergy Tips
Grass pollen is a common cause of allergic reactions in the late spring and early summer, but it can also be a factor in any season that lawns are mowed. A grass pollen allergy can cause hives and skin irritation, as well as itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose.

If you have a grass pollen allergy, here are some tips to help you through the season:
  • Do not mow the lawn yourself. Find someone else cut the grass instead. If you have to do the cutting, wear a paper mask to cover your nose and mouth.
  • Keep windows closed during the spring and summer (especially while the lawn is being mowed) and use an air conditioner to cool your home to prevent pollen from blowing in.
  • Ask a family member without allergies to shampoo or brush your pets regularly. This will help remove any pollen that might be trapped on their fur after they go outside.
  • Take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more neutral environment, such as a beach, to reduce your exposure to allergens. Continued ›
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Member Comments

  • Here I always wondered how I could be allergic to my Christmas ornaments. Mystery solved. I quite decorating a few years ago and began going on fancy vacations over the holidays. The memories are easier to keep than another set of presents I don't really need! - 6/30/2014 6:34:38 PM
  • Perfect timing for this article. With my son and I going to GA in two weeks, my concern is the different temperatures as well as pollen.
    Although I lived there for more than 15 years, I have been here in CA for almost 6 years. - 3/3/2014 9:07:04 AM
  • Great article. Thanks for the tips. - 6/17/2013 12:02:02 PM
  • Great article. Thanks for the tips. - 6/17/2013 12:01:47 PM
  • Thank you for the helpful article! There are points I can use right away to help me. - 6/17/2013 9:52:58 AM
  • MOOSHKA19
    While cycling in the spring I have some pretty strong allergy symptoms - so as soon as I come home I change out of cycling clothes in the basement and shower immediately. I also use a netti pot and eye wash. Seems to help as much as allergy pills without the adverse reactions. - 6/17/2013 7:27:58 AM
  • HJAMES1623
    Thanks for this article! My son has some pretty severe allergies and last spring we had to take him to a place for allergy specialty care in Orlando. They were really great to work with and even though it was scary they were very kind and calming while my son was having a reaction. Thanks for the tips! http://www.allerg
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  • Thanks for this article.Very well written and useful . - 10/7/2011 10:42:01 AM
  • I've been having really bad allergies this year, so I really appreciate this information. I was actually sneezing while I was reading this! LOL! Hopefully my allergies will get better soooooon!!! - 10/7/2011 7:38:35 AM
  • Thanks for all of the great suggestions! - 3/13/2010 10:22:40 PM
  • Very good article! I love the fact that they have separated the symptoms by season. I am definitely saving this one and I am going to read it again and again. - 10/31/2009 6:14:05 AM
  • I found that for my recently-acquired summer allergies (have had them for the last few years), eating local honey really helps. I once read it in a natural health book; then went to a local honey farm and made sure that the bees collected pollen from local vegetation. I bought some honey and had a couple tea spoons in my tea (and sometimes plain, because I love it churned). In about a week, my allergies had completely disappeared. I couldn't even fly a kite in a field before because I would just swell up and sneeze all over. I haven't had an allergic reaction to pollen ever since. - 3/25/2009 4:20:55 PM
  • GIANT-STEPS
    Wow, some suggestions I never thought of.

    Anyway, Ihave to second NYKATHY's advice for usig a Neti Pot. It was a *HUGE* help for me. Rinsing allergins out of my sinuses on a daily basis really reduced my allergy symptoms. I found salt water to work far more than nasal steroids for keeping my sinuses clear and free of infections. Our OB/GYN said that antibiotics work poorly for sinus infections because there is very little blood flow to them. He usually isn't supportive of alternative medicine but this is one thing he recomends. - 12/7/2008 1:46:39 PM
  • I love this article! I suffer from allergies all year round and this article is definitely on my "save and use" list. - 9/23/2008 7:17:40 PM
  • Great Article!! I have a couple of other things that I do to pass along. I use a Neti Pot every day and no more post nasal drip or sinus problems. Also, living in NY during the winter when the house is closed up for months. Once a month I will open up a window in each room for 15 to 20 minutes to change the air quality. I usually do this in the afternoon when the sun is out and it's warmer for the winter at least. I turn my heat off for that time so it doesn't run. I am healthier during the winters since I started doing this. - 8/1/2008 7:09:47 AM

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