3 Common Causes for Seasonal Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you understand the frustration of constantly living in a foggy mind state. Mild substances found in the air do not normally trigger an immune system response. However, since you are a sensitive individual, your body senses allergens as harmful, infectious agents and sends out an army of attack responses. Seasonal allergies mostly occur in the spring when trees and flowers blossom. Below are 3 common causes of these pesky seasonal allergies.

1. Pollen

By far, pollen is the most common culprit of seasonal allergies. Though many of us look forward the robust bloom of spring flowers and plants, those of us who suffer from pollen allergies drudge into spring with great misery.

Pollen is nature’s plant fertilizer. It only takes a tiny molecule of this sticky yellow substance to reproduce. However, plants like to increase the odds of diverse reproduction by producing millions of these tiny cells akin the mammal sperm. This sinus-tormenting particle releases into the air, floating through the wind, on animals’ backs, or at the tips of insect legs, right into your nose.

The most common plants to cause pollen allergies are grasses, weeds and trees. So, you may want to rethink the idea of Xeroscape if you suffer from pollen allergies.

2. Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew allergies are triggered when you inhale mold spores. As with pollen, your immune system reacts to the foreign particle by attacking it and tries to expel it from your system. Common symptoms of mold allergies are coughing, itchy, red eyes and asthma. You may suffer from mold allergies year round, or notice flare-ups during seasons that are especially damp and humid.

Mold grows commonly in indoor and outdoor climates. Sufferers may have an allergic reaction to a specific mold spore, and may not be bothered by others. The most common allergy-causing molds are aspergillum, alternaria, penicillium and cladisporium.

3. Dust Mites

Dust around your house isn’t just an indicator that you need to clean; it also hosts millions of microscopic organisms called dust mites. Symptoms of dusts mites are similar to those of pollen, but they may occur year round, or more often during dry seasons due to dry skin.

Dust mites live everywhere: in your carpet, on your mattress, in the fibers of your pillow. They feed off of dead skin and hair cells that slough off throughout the course of your day. These pesky little beasts are known to cause high levels of allergens in homes, resulting in allergic reactions and even asthma.

You can prevent excess levels of dust mites in your home by covering your box spring, mattress, and pillows with dust might covers. Also, wash your sheets weekly in hot water, and keep lounging areas of the house dust free.

Seasonal Allergy Treatment

Exposure to seasonal allergies can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines like Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec. You can also use decongestants like Sudafed or Afrin. If you suffer regularly, you may need treatment with immunotherapy, or allergy shots. 

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  • Chel Hamilton, C.Ht.

    I have found that being aware of my food sensitives has REALLY made my seasonal airborne allergies much more manageable. I guess before my body was getting overloaded with 4 or 5 things but as long as I keep an eye on the food stuff my system handles the other 2 or 3 airborne allergens with much greater ease — and less sneeze!