With the transition in the seasons, you may find yourself experiencing a flare-up in your seasonal allergies. This can be attributed to a variety of causes and factors, including the allergens in the air, amount of wind and time of the season. Knowing your allergies and potential triggers are critical to preventing major reactions and staying healthy through seasonal changes. Some of the more common allergens present in the spring include:

Pollen

Pollen is one of the most common allergens people will be affected by in the spring and summer. Virtually unavoidable during warmer months, you may exhibit more of a reaction early in the morning when pollination is occurring. There are certain steps you will be able to take to reduce the impact your pollen allergies will have on your day to day life. Make sure you remove your shoes and jacket or coat as soon as you enter your home to avoid tracking in the allergen, contaminating carpets, upholstery, and furniture. Check the local pollen count online before going outside, and make sure to keep allergy medications readily available in case you feel symptoms beginning. On days with high pollen count when you cannot avoid going outside, wear a protective painters or medical mask to protect your nose and mouth from breathing in the pollen.

Pet Dander

Pet dander is the dead skin cells that regularly come off of an animal and a common allergy. The most common are to cats and dogs due to their popularity: over a quarter of homes in the United States have a cat, with under one-third having at least one dog. Because dander is so minuscule, it can be present anywhere including the carpet, furniture, upholstery and even your car. Symptoms of a pet dander allergy include wheezing, watering, and irritated eyes, chest and nasal congestion and asthma. Allergic reactions can be treated and avoided through prescription medication and keeping a distance from animals.

Mold

Mold allergies can affect you both indoors and out, leading to a longer season. Outdoor molds can be found in mildew on the grass in the early morning or after a rainstorm, as well as in the yeast present in outdoor fungi like mushrooms. Mold found outdoors can lead to reactions during the warmer months from spring to fall. Indoor molds can lead to reactions throughout the year and can be found in colder, dark places in your home such as a garage, basement or bathroom. If mold is present in your home, you may experience wheezing and congestion more during winter months when you are spending more time indoors.

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