The onset of spring also means another thing — it's the start of pollen season that causes irritating allergy to many.
The pollen season is the time of the year wherein allergy sufferers start showing the symptoms of pollen allergy — sniffling, constant sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and itchy throat. It can also cause headaches, runny nose, fatigue, irritability, and hives.
Over 67 million Americans suffer symptoms and negative effects of pollen allergies.
Pollen And Seasonal Allergies
The weather and season usually determine the intensity and duration of the pollen allergy season.
The combination of breeze, sunny afternoons, and fewer cool nights are what makes up of a "pollen bomb" according to Dr. Kathleen Sheerin of the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic.
The dry and breezy weather distributes pollen faster and increases allergy symptoms.
The entire Southwest Louisiana has recorded high pollen counts.
In Seattle, the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center or NAAC measured pollen count of 699 pollen particles per square meter.
Early forecasts show that Pennsylvania and New Jersey will reach peak season for allergies in early to mid-May.
Based on the National Allergy Map, 20 percent of the country is considered in medium status.
Pollen comes from distinct plant categories: trees, grass, and weeds. As these pollinate and fertilize other plants, very fine powder are released into the air.
High pollen count was observed as pollination season for trees begin and expected to last throughout spring. Among the tree pollens recorded came from cedar trees, birch trees, alder trees, and elm trees. Maple trees also commonly cause allergies this time of year. Oak, mulberry, and ash are also among the top allergens.
"All these trees have their own life and schedule for when they start to pollinate," said Jolanta Olech, laboratory manager at NAAC.
Grass pollen season typically starts in April or May while the weed pollen season comes in July and can last up to September.
How To Avoid Pollen Allergies
Allergies and allergic reactions can occur anytime.
To keep allergies from acting up, stay inside in the morning, keep indoor air clean, carry an allergy relief kit, and regularly dust surfaces and furniture.
Wearing a mask may also help as well as frequent hand washing, and the use of saline nasal spray.
If staying indoors is not an option, people prone to pollen allergy can take over-the-counter medicines like eye drops to relieve itching, nose sprays, and antihistamines.
For worst cases, consider going to a medical expert or allergist for advise.