ACHOO! Do You Have Spring Allergies?

It’s a beautiful time in Kansas City. The spring bulbs are blooming, the trees are full with leaves once again and the fountains have finally come back on! While there’s buzz and excitement about all spring things, not everyone is enjoying life right now. And especially those who suffer from spring allergies.

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Oak trees are one of the top pollinating spring trees causing allergy symptoms.

Do You have Spring Allergies?

For some of you, this goes without question. Many children AND adults suffer from spring allergies. Clear runny nose, watery eyes, sinus pressure, congestion, itching and scratchy throat all indicate allergy season is upon us. Not to mention the sneezing. While some may mistake the symptoms as a common cold or sinus infection, if they last longer than 10 days, you might be facing allergies. Luckily if you’ve never been “officially” diagnosed with spring allergies, there’s an easy way to find out “for sure” that you’re allergic to something in the spring air.

Common Spring Allergies

Spring and fall allergies are not necessarily the same. Some people only struggle in one season, others suffer through both. And remember:  even if you don’t have allergies as a child, they can come later in life. You might not always be immune.

Hay Fever (Pollen & Mold Allergies)

In the springtime, allergies to pollen and mold form what we call “hay fever.” When the trees start blooming (and later in summer with the grass) pollen is formed. You know it’s pollen season when there’s a green film on your outdoor furniture, windows and even your car. These tiny particles are actually meant to fertilize other plants, however as they travel through the air and we breathe them in, some of our bodies view them as foreign invaders and go into attack mode.

Because we didn’t experience cold temperatures this past winter, the trees and plants started blooming early. Sure it’s been a pretty sight to see but it’s also sent pollen allergy sufferers into orbit with sneezing, itching and more.

Pollen Trees & Grasses in Spring Allergies

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, there are several types of trees that pollinate in spring and cause allergy triggers. Here are some of the biggest problem-makers:

  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Cottonwood
  • Pine

In addition, there are several grasses that can also trigger spring allergies. Grass allergies can create the respiratory symptoms as well as itching and hives upon skin contact. Some of the most allergy-causing grasses include:

  • Timothy
  • Johnson
  • Rye

Mold Allergies

Spring is also known for mold allergies because of the damp and moist conditions that often come with the changing weather. Mold spores travel by air like pollen and can cause allergy symptoms and asthmatic problems. Mold spores may be indoor or outdoor. While mold allergies are common year-round, springtime often opens the floodgates for certain mold spores. While there are many types of mold, allergy tests can help determine which mold spore might be causing allergic reactions.

Testing for Allergies

If you’ve never been tested for allergies and would like a definite answer as to what is making you miserable this spring, consider having an allergy test. Allergy panels are simple and can get you the answers you need … and on track to feeling better … in no time.

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