Sneezing & wheezing month after month? Welcome to Louisiana where year-round allergies are a thing. Here's a look at which allergies plague people most - and when.
During our coldest months’ pollen level are relative low but cranking your household heater can kick up house dust, a winter allergy trigger. If you’re allergic to dust allergies can be just as bad as in the spring and fall.
Dust & mold can cause allergy symptoms all year round but if these two guys don’t spark your symptoms. Tree pollen in late winter early spring might cause you allergies to flare. In the south trees that usually trigger allergies include catalpa, elm, hickory, olive, pecan, sycamore, and walnut.
Down here in the south allergies are usually in full bloom as pollen counts rise with the start of spring. Although the warm weather might beckon you outside its important to keep an eye on the daily pollen counts. The higher the counts the worse your allergies will be affect. A good place to check pollen counts is at the National Allergy Bureau of the American Academy, Asthma, and Immunology.
April showers can bring more than flowers. For many April brings intense allergy symptoms caused by blooming flowers releasing pollen. In Louisiana grass is often emerging in April too. The double whammy of grass and flower pollen can make you feel especially miserable.
Allergic to tree pollen? Tree pollination may start as early as February but it can last through May. This means many will suffer through spring allergens for up to four months.
June is a prime grass pollen month in many areas. It’s likely that if grass pollen hasn’t started to trigger your allergies yet it will. As the days get warmer and longer you like want to spend more time outside. It’s possible to have mix of good and bad days as the number of allergens in the air depend on factors such as temperature, rainfall amount, and time of day.
Although grass pollen levels begin to subside in during middle of summer our warm humid weather creates the perfect breeding ground for fungus spores and seeds. Mold can grow on fallen leaves, compost piles, grasses, and grains and if you are allergic you may feel like your allergies may never end.
Mold spores peak during August during the hot humid weather. The best way to keep these allergens away is to run the air conditioning with a HEPA filter or invest in an air purifier.
Late summer/early fall ragweed is the most common cause of allergies. These ragweed fuel allergies can start in August and continue through October and possibly November. Pollen grains are lightweight and can spread easily in wet windy areas.
In warmer climates like Louisiana, fall allergies can linger well into this month. Seasonal rain and wind can ramp up mold spores – if your fall allergies include mold or fungi spores, your symptoms may linger.
For most people who suffer from outdoor allergies November may offer a much-needed respite. Ragweed season ends in most areas which allows those who suffer with outdoor allergies enjoy the crisp weather before indoor allergens creep in.
As much as I enjoy my Christmas tree sometimes it makes me wheeze and sneeze. While is probably not the tree itself that triggers allergies but the tiny mold spores that can harbor in its branch. Other common indoor allergen triggers include pet dander and indoor mold that can get kicked out by our home’s heater.