How to find relief from weather triggered allergies

Weather allergies are common from coast to coast, regardless of the exact climate or temperature around you. Whether it’s wet or dry, cold or hot, or anywhere in the middle, plenty of people find that they have an itchy nose, runny eyes, or show other allergy symptoms at one point or another.  

If you suffer from weather allergies, don’t feel helpless. There are things you can do proactively to gain better control of the issue and get relief from the symptoms. Consider if any of these common issues describes your situation:  

Rainy or humid conditions are notorious for prompting the growth of mold. Dust mites also love these conditions and thrive in high humidity. Mold grows both indoors and outdoors, and can be present in the home in hidden places like ducts or vents. If your allergy problems flare up during times like these, consider hiring a professional duct cleaning service to ensure no mold is present. Investing in a dehumidifier and air conditioning system may also lead to significant relief from your symptoms.  

Dry, windy days create the perfect environment for pollen to circulate freely. If your eyes water up on windy and zero humidity days, that’s a surefire sign that pollen is to blame. Try shutting the windows and staying inside on a day like this and see if that helps at all. Additionally, using air conditioning cuts down on the presence of pollen in the home. On the opposite end of the spectrum, humid or rainy days keep pollen from moving around, so you may find those are your best days for being outside.  

Cold and heat can also trigger reactions. The cold often causes people with allergic asthma to have excessive coughing, especially when exercising or being very active outside. Heightened ozone and smog on very high temperature days is another trigger as well.  

By taking the time to understand the triggers of your weather allergies, you’ll learn how to better control them. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly, run a dehumidifier or air conditioner to lessen indoor allergens, and seek proactive treatment when you know an allergy-triggering change of season is near.  

Thanks to OakleyOriginals for the photo of flowers that cause weather allergies.

Dr. Summit Shah

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