Common Causes of Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

For many people, spring is the allergy season. While others are enjoying the warm weather and beautiful blooms, allergy sufferers are struggling through that sneezy, itchy, awful feeling. Also known as hay fever, spring allergies are extremely common and typically harmless–but that doesn’t help you battle through the peak of allergy season.

Avoidance is the best way to combat spring allergies, but that means knowing what to avoid. Spring allergy symptoms can be caused by a variety of culprits that come with the season. Since you can’t stay indoors until summer (and you may even have summer allergies), let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of your spring allergy symptoms.

Common Causes of Spring Allergies

Tree Pollen. Trees are the first plants to pollinate each year, with pollen levels peaking in March and April (or even mid-February, if you live in south Alabama). Some trees, like our local pines, produce pollen you can see as a fine yellow powder that sticks to outdoor surfaces. These small, light-weight grains are easily blown in the wind–and right into your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Grass Pollen. Grass pollen typically peaks in mid-spring and can cause the worst of your allergy symptoms. Millions of people have a grass pollen allergy, especially to species like Bermuda, Fescue, and Rye. Because grass pollen can travel hundreds of miles on a breeze, you may be exposed to grasses that aren’t even in your location!

Mold. It’s not as common as pollen, but mold can still cause some miserable symptoms. During spring, moisture-rich air and warming temperatures create a perfect storm for mold spores. They can be found inside your home or outdoors in damp, dark places like compost piles, fallen leaves, bathrooms, and basements.

Insect Bites. Insects aren’t technically seasonal, but they do see a surge during springtime. Insect allergies can be extremely severe, even causing anaphylaxis (trouble breathing) and shock. Unlike other allergens, minor reactions usually occur on the skin as pain, swelling, redness, and itching. Bees, wasps, and fire ants are common spring stingers here on the Gulf Coast.

Let Urgent Care of Fairhope Address Your Allergy Needs

There are a few ways to combat springtime allergies. But when DIY leaves you drowning in sniffles and sneezes, Urgent Care of Fairhope is here to help. Stop by our convenient walk-in clinic to receive fast and friendly care that puts you on the road to relief. You can even check the waitlist online before you arrive!

Published On: April 20, 2023Categories: Allergies0 Comments on Common Causes of Spring Allergies

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