Are you ready for allergy season? Wait, do you even know when allergy season starts this year?
If you answer no to any (or even to both) of those questions, don’t worry. We’ve got your back. In this article, we’re going to discuss when 2018 allergy season starts, when it ends, and how to prepare for it. Being prepared for the allergy season of 2018 can benefit your allergic reactions so that they become less disruptive and makes the allergy season feel like a breeze
When Is Allergy Season?
This year’s allergy season starts in spring and continues all the way to fall. Spring allergy season starts around February when some trees begin to produce pollen. On Southern states, due to the high population of Cedar trees, allergy season can start earlier around January providing you with an early dose of stuffy nose, sneezing, and watery eyes.
In fact, for 2018, the allergy season in Southern part of USA is getting worse.
During March and April, tree pollen remains the dominant allergen with weeds and grasses follow suit. May is the month where trees, grass, and weeds join hands to give you the worst days of your lives. This whammy combo continues until July comes. From July to September, it’s all about the weed especially ragweed. This hardy plant can grow almost anywhere. You can find comfort in knowing millions are sharing your pain.
By the way, thanks to climate change, you can expect ragweed pollen allergy to get worse in the future. Nice, huh?
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When Is Allergy Season Over?
In October, the air is starting to get clear even though weeds are still prominent in the western and southern part of US.
Logically, when winter starts, the pollen allergy season should be over. However, millions of American suffer allergy all year long. This is mostly caused by allergens commonly found in homes such as pet dander and dust. During fall and winter, mold is also becoming a bigger problem for allergy sufferers as the air gets cold and humid.
If you still suffer from an allergy when everyone else seems to get over theirs, we recommend consulting a doctor. Identifying your cause of allergy is the first step in treating it.
How To Prepare For Allergy Season?
The best course of action is to minimize your exposure to allergens. Don’t go outside when the pollen count is high. If you have cats or dogs, keep them in the house for a while. If you let them play outside, pollen may stick to their fur. When they come home and you give them a rub, some of that pollen will eventually get into your nose.
Wearing an allergy mask when you go outside helps too as it provides protection from common allergens such as pollen. You can buy disposable or washable masks for cheap, so there’s no excuse for you not to get them.
Now, let’s move indoors.
While outdoor factors are hard to control, things are easier to handle at home. Simply put, you just need to get rid of the source of your allergy.
If you’re allergic to mold, make sure there are no warm, dark, and humid places inside your home for them to grow in. Search your home high and low for such places. When you do find them, use non-toxic cleaners to clean any surfaces plagued by mold.
You can make a simple yet effective cleaner by pouring distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and spray any moldy-surfaces with it. After an hour, spray some water on the surfaces and wipe it until it’s dry. Don’t fret about the vinegar smell. It will be gone the following day.
“Is that all?”
No, you should also have over-the-counter allergy medicine ready. Prepare antihistamines to relief itchy nose and sneezing, decongestants to get rid of stuffy nose, and nasal spray to prevent an allergic reaction and reduce swelling in the nose.
You don’t have to buy name brands if you’re short on cash. Generics have the same active ingredient yet way cheaper. You can stack a whole year’s worth of medicine without blowing a hole in your wallet.
Be sure to ask the pharmacist when you buy those medicines. Mention medical conditions you might have and what other medications you’re taking. Pharmacists are an excellent source of information when it comes to medication interaction with each other and your body.
Another great way to prepare for allergy season is to install a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air purifier. Put one in the bedroom, living room, or any living space where your family hangs around. The HEPA filter in the air cleaner will trap 99.97% of airborne allergens as small as 0.3 microns.
That means dust, smoke, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens no longer will find their way into your respiration system.
We recommend you get an air purifier with auto mode. That way, whenever it senses changes in air quality, it will work harder to eliminate the source of pollution then back to its slow and quiet state once the problem is remedied.
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