The arrival of summer brings with its pollen and other particles that can trigger allergic reactions. According to Kathleen Slonager, an official with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of Michigan, this season is typically a bad time for people with allergies.
According to Slonager, the allergy seasons used to be in the spring and fall, but they're now starting earlier, which has led to more people suffering from these conditions. She noted that people with these conditions start experiencing symptoms when they've never had them before.
About 67 million people in the US suffer from allergic reactions, and over 81% of them are allergic to pollen. This airborne allergen is carried by the wind and can cause various symptoms such as sneezing and itchy eyes. Various grasses and trees can also contribute to the development of pollen, which can cause allergic reactions.
One of the best ways to treat pollen allergies is by planning and preparing. For instance, by using the National Allergy Forecast, which is provided by Pollen.com, you can get an updated view of the pollen counts in your area. You can also sign up for allergy alert emails, which will notify you whenever the conditions worsen.
Getting a handle on the various components of pollen can help minimize the effects of allergic reactions. Knowing what triggers them and how they can be treated can help decrease the severity of your symptoms.
Aside from pollen, other airborne particles such as pet dander and mold spores can also trigger allergic reactions. These conditions are categorized into two types: seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis.
The seasonal allergic reaction is usually triggered by the plant's pollen, which is usually released during the spring or summer. It can also occur when grasses and trees start to bloom.
The weather conditions that affect the development of pollen can also affect its effects. For instance, if the pollen forecast is accurate, it can help predict the high pollen days that will occur in your area.
On the other hand, perennial allergic rhinitis is characterized by a combination of allergic reactions to other environmental factors. Most of its symptoms are caused by dust, mold, and pet dander. The weather forecast will not help you prepare for these conditions.