Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. The only problem is that along with natural rebirth and renewal comes pollen and along with pollen comes allergies. Let us take a look at some of the most common sources of hay fever causing pollens.
Before we do that though, you should know that not all pollens affect everyone the same way. You need to figure out which pollens you react to so that you know which pollens to keep an eye on when you take a look at the pollen count each morning. The various pollens will peak at different times so your allergies will also peak at different times.
The most common sources of allergy reactions are tree pollens and molds. Trees will produce pollen at certain times of year. Though molds produce spores all year round, mold spores will increase during the spring rains.
Trees that cause allergic reactions
The trees that are most often associated with causing an allergic reaction are the oak, western red cedar, sycamore, maple, elm, birch, ash, cypress, walnut, hickory and poplar. Each of these trees will release their pollen at a particular time of year and around the time that the tree whose pollen you are allergic to is produced you will find that you suffer from itching eyes and a runny nose. You will start to sneeze and your sinuses will get congested. Rain will wash the pollen out of the air and bring you some relief, but that relief will only be temporary.
Molds that cause allergic reactions
Molds do produce spores the entire year round and these spores can cause an allergic reaction just as quickly as pollen can. Spring brings rain which will increase the mold spore production. Mold is not just found outdoors though, it can also be found inside your own home. If you find mold in your home you will need to take care to clean out every single bit of it. If you leave any behind it will just come back to plague you again.
Some of the steps you can take to reduce allergy reactions include taking antihistamines, staying indoors, keeping the windows of your car and home shut and filtering the air that comes in through special air filters.
It is possible to predict and combat your allergic reactions to tree pollens and mold spores. You just have to know what you are allergic to and what preventative measures will work best for you.
Give me a call to see how I can help you with spring allergies. Wendy — 604-839-9789