People who suffer from allergies can feel miserable year-round, but there are particular seasons that can make them feel worse. While you may assume spring is the worst time for allergies, you may be surprised to find that fall and winter are just as bad, depending on the type of allergies a person suffers from.
For example, a person who has tree allergies may find that their allergies flare up worse in the spring than other seasons. But, a person who is allergic to ragweed may find that they suffer from a stuffy nose, coughing, and sneezing in the fall. People who suffer from allergies to mold and outdoor fungi feel their allergies are worse in the late summer. But, there are also those individuals who suffer year-round, because they suffer from multiple allergy types.
To truly understand what month or season is worse, you need to understand how each month can affect a person’s allergies.
In January, there is less pollen, but as you start using the heat, you’ll notice the dust inside your house gets kicked around, which can trigger winter allergies. This means even in the dead of winter you could suffer from intense allergies.
February can kick up mold and dust allergies, especially as the tree pollen starts getting into the air. Around this time, you may start experiencing watery eyes, nasal congestion, and itchy skin.
Those with spring allergies will notice they are in full swing around this time of the year. As trees, grasses, and flowers bloom, so does the pollen count in the air.
April is full of spring showers. As the water saturates the ground, more flowers and their pollen begin to hit the air. Also, in some areas of the country grass is starting to grow, emitting pollen into the air, affecting those with grass allergies.
While tree pollen is found as early as February, it hits its peak in May. This means if you suffer from traditional spring allergies, you could be suffering them for a few months.
June is when grass pollen and allergies really hit hard. Also, as the days are warmer and the sun stays up later, you may find yourself outside more in June, which means more exposure to allergens.
Grass pollen allergies should start going away in July, but if you have allergies to mold and their spores, you will notice an increase in symptoms during this month.
August is the prime month for those with summer allergies. Mold spores kick up in August, especially with the extra humidity and heat. You can avoid these allergens by staying indoors and using a HEPA filter on your air conditioning unit.
Late summer and the early months of fall bring on ragweed, which is the bane of those with fall allergies. If you have a ragweed allergy, you may notice it starts as early as August and continues through October.
Many people with allergies may find relief when October rolls in. But, if you suffer from mold spore allergies, the excess moisture may kick that into full gear.
Your pets will be indoors with you a lot more in November. As a result, if you suffer from any dander allergies, they may start kicking up in the fall, even while your other allergies decrease.
The cold of December could still bring about mold allergies, but also Christmas trees, pinecones, and other holiday decorations (including their dust) could spark a few allergy attacks.
Get Help with Your Seasonal Allergies
It does not matter the month, there are always allergens out there waiting to irritate your sinuses and make you miserable. If your allergies are affecting your ears or you are noticing that you are getting secondary infections (sinus or upper respiratory) because of your allergies, you need to see a West Palm Beach allergy specialist. Dr. Light has helped countless patients with their seasonal or year-round allergies and can assist you too. Schedule your appointment now by calling 561-737-8584.