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February 29, 2016

Allergies and the Effects of Weather

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allergyWhen it comes to allergies among people, there are many triggers to consider. Pollen, pets, dust smoke and other air pollutants.  Is it possible our allergies are affected by weather also?   The fall and winter seasons were  rather short this year, resulting in a overabundance of appointments with doctors  due to fall and winter allergies.  We all know of the influx of allergy symptoms during the spring months, but why?

During the springtime, pollen is blown around on dry humid days. During wet and rainy days the pollen stays grounded.  Mold tends to thrive in moist environments, such as rainy, humid days.  Extreme heat or cold could pose a problem for someone with Asthma.  It is recommended to avoid exercising during times when these weather  conditions are present.

Many allergy sufferers are experiencing itchy, watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing, congestion and even hives this time of year.  Due to the rapid changes in humidity levels and temperature as well as the presence of allergens.

Though the symptoms are similar, it may be necessary to contact your family physician in order to set up an allergy test to determine what you are allergic too as well as to determine appropriate treatment options.

Keep in mind that seasonal non allergic rhinitis is typically treated with over the counter medications. Whereas managing allergies, may require antihistamines, nasal spray and or allergy extract injections.

Regardless of the steps we take to lessen the effects of allergies whether avoidance of triggers or treatment of symptoms, managing allergies is not an easy feat to accomplish. Knowing that the weather can also play a role in the severity of the reactions you are experiencing,  and how it can change the outdoor living environment for allergy sufferers, should prove to be useful in alleviating any allergy suffering in the near future.

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