Alleviate Common Spring Allergies

meadow-123280_1280Spring fever isn’t just a state of mind. For allergy suffers, the start of the spring season typically triggers an onslaught of allergy symptoms. The telltale signs include itchy, scratchy throat and ears, watery eyes, sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose. As flowers bloom and leaves grow, the pollen in the air can make it feel like it’s hard to breathe at times. There are two main causes of springtime allergies.

Tree Pollen:
Trees cause allergies because they produce small pollen cells that are light and dry, and can be carried far by the spring breeze. Eleven types of trees are common triggers of hay fever in spring, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Oak, Western red cedar, Sycamore,   Maple, Elm, Birch, Ash, Cypress, Walnut, Hickory and Poplar.

Mold spores work in a similar way. Mold, such as yeast and mildew, releases seeds called spores that are carried by the wind. They’re very abundant in the air outside and tend to cause the worst allergy symptoms from spring through fall.

For many, spring allergies begin as early as February and last all summer, while many suffer year-round. Stop the cycle with seasonal allergy testing kits. An allergist can help identity and treat your condition, keeping you symptom free and able to enjoy the outdoors once again!

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