With all the outdoor activities we do during the nice weather months, seasonal allergies can take their toll. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in your nose, the roof of your mouth, throat, eyes or ears. These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air.
Many kinds of plants have flowers which produce powdery tiny grains needed fertilization. These grains are easily spread by wind. The weather affects the amount of pollen in the air. On rainy, cloudy or windless days pollen does not move around as much. It tends to travel more in hot, dry and windy weather, which can increase your allergy symptoms.
Tree pollen is most prevalent in the early spring. During the late spring and early summer, grass pollen is heavy. In the late summer and fall weed pollen is often the culprit. In warmer areas of the country, pollination can be year-round.
Molds are tiny fungi related to mushrooms that are found almost anywhere, including soil, plants and rotting wood. Their spores float in the air, much like pollen. Outdoor mold spores begin to increase as temperatures rise in the spring. In the United States, mold spores reach their peak in July in warmer states and October in the colder states. They can be found year-round in the South and on the West Coast.
Many types of pollen and molds are common to most plant zones, so moving to escape your allergies will most likely not help. Read some steps you can take that will help alleviate the symptoms of outdoor allergies.