All spring, the main culprit has been tree pollen, because everything was in bloom. Tree pollen is always a problem. The two main culprits of tree pollen are oak and mulberry. However, as we approach summer, a new problem arises: GRASSES. It is one of our main allergens during the hot and summer months. We also usually have air quality issues at this time of year. These days are difficult for people with respiratory problems. During the fall, the number one problem is ragweed and that can be a real deal.
We will continue to be mostly dry through the end of the work week with rising temperatures and heavier conditions the next two days as well as showers and thunderstorms on Sunday. This translates to an increase in pollen levels this week and a slight decrease this weekend. Bottom line – if pollen is a trigger for you, take extra precautions to protect yourself as at no time in the next three days is the pollen count “low”.
An allergy is a reaction of your immune system to something that, to most people, is essentially harmless, such as pet dander, nuts, or pollen. For most people with seasonal allergies, the diagnosis is hay fever. Reactions range from embarrassing – sneezing, itching, watery eyes, stuffy nose – to dangerous: in some people, allergies can trigger asthma attacks. Because the pollen is fine, it can be carried over great distances by the air current. It is also easily inhaled as it comes into contact with your nose, mouth, and nasal passages.
You can’t cure it, but you can try to avoid it
If your nose is already driving you crazy, what can you do? the Journal of the World Allergy Organizationhas a few suggestions, including finding out about peak pollen season in your area and avoiding prolonged outdoor activities during those times; protect your face with closed visor helmets when cycling; keep car windows closed while driving; and stay indoors on windy days and during thunderstorms.
If you want to move to a place where the pollen seasons are getting shorter rather than longer, you can always head to the southern or southeastern climate regions of the United States. But you might be allergic to cockroaches.