11 Apr Most Common Spring Allergies
It is unfortunately common to have red, itchy, watery eyes and an increase in the sniffles or sneezing during the spring months. It’s allergy season, and Spectrum Dermatology offers patch allergy testing to diagnose allergies. The first step in treating allergies and relieving symptoms is determining which of all the possible irritants and allergens a person is sensitive to, and these can change throughout a person’s life. In fact, it is relatively common to develop an allergy as an adult. It is also common for childhood allergies to fade away with age.
Spring marks the start of one of the most troubling allergy seasons for many. Airborne pollen and mold spores are on the rise. Also called “seasonal allergies,” those who are allergic feel these irritants with every breath. Allergens push the immune system into hyper-mode to cause a variety of cold-like symptoms. Most seasonal allergies begin in March. Colloquially known as “hay fever,” up to 60 million people in the U.S. have some degree of allergy to mold and/or pollen.
Types of Allergies
Summer months usher in allergies to grass pollen, while autumn is reserved for allergies to ragweed. In some cases, a person may be allergic to something in the air (or in their home or work) year-round. This year, a number of areas in the country experienced warm winters, which means trees pollinated early and allergy season started sooner. Mold is technically a year-round allergen that thrives in rainy and damp environments. It is relatively common to be allergic to both mold and pollen, both of which travel easily in spring breezes.
What Are Tree Pollens
There are eleven trees that make up the majority of tree pollen allergens according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. At least one of these species is found in virtually every part of the country. However, all release their pollen in the spring months. Some relief can be found on cloudy and rainy days when the wind doesn’t make the allergens airborne. However, for allergy sufferers, that relief is short-lived.
Mold Spores and Allergies
Mold spores also travel in the wind, similar to pollen. Outdoor mold includes three major types: Alternaria, Cladosporium, and Cladosporium. Mold can also reside in homes, including the two major types Aspergillus and Penicillium.
Get Tested For Allergies at Spectrum Dermatology
Patients allergic to outdoor allergies should keep windows and doors closed. Ensure allergy filters are up to date on air conditioners, and always wash clothes between wear to remove irritants. However, the best relief is through patch testing followed by treatment. Book your appointment online with Spectrum Dermatology today.