It’s Mid-Summer, what am I allergic to now?


Yes, I have Spring allergies and Fall allergies and indoor allergies. But I usually get somewhat of a reprieve in the hot part of the summer. Trees are generally finished pollinating by late Spring, leaving grasses and weeds as the biggest contributors to summer allergies. My nose is running and my eyes are watering. I’m miserable.

Why does pollen bother us?
Our  immune systems, mistakenly see  the tiny bits of pollen as foreign invaders, releases antibodies — substances that normally identify and go after bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other summer allergy symptoms.

Pollen can travel for miles, spreading a path of misery for summer allergy sufferers along the way. The higher the pollen count, the greater the misery. The pollen count measures the amount of allergens in the air in grains per cubic meter. You can find out the daily pollen count in your area by watching your local weather forecast, or by visiting the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s web site. I checked this site for my area and didn’t see anything exceptionally high. The pine family and grass are low, mold is moderate. I guess you can more affected if you have several of the offending allergen sources in your yard.

Here is a list of  some of the worst summer allergy offenders:

Ragweed in particular is very bad. There is also Tumbleweed,  cockleweed, sagebrush, pigweed and russian thistle. In the grass family are:  blue grasses, red top, bermuda, timothy and sweet vernal.

One of the most prevalent summer allergy-inducing plants ragweed, which depending where you live, usually makes it’s appearance around August. Ragweed can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, so even if it doesn’t grow where you live, it can still make you miserable if you’re allergic to it. Maybe this year ragweed is starting early.

Please leave a comment about Summer allergies below.


 

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  1. My wife has pretty bad allergies. All the usuals….indoor, outdoor, mold, etc….Pretty much everything. I’m in the HVAC field, and indoor air quality is a huge part of our industry these days. It seems like the number of children born with allergies has gotten out of hand. I would say 75-80 percent of the jobs we do, the homeowner tell’s us that 1 or more of their children suffers from allergies, and what can we do for their indoor air quality !! From my experience with our customers, and being married to an allergy sufferer, I can tell you that getting your indoor air as spotless as possible, goes a long way to helping them get through the day to day during allergy season !! After getting our ducts cleaned, I sprayed down the A/C coil with a cleaner, and de-molder…..5 times !! Then I installed hepa filters in our system instead of the see-thru, “rock stoppers”, as we call them in the industry !! I also installed a UV, duct mounted, light in the system, which basically is like introducing sunlight into your system !! If we all notice…mold doesn’t like UV rays, thats why it’s almost exclusively in moist, dark, places !! Since i’ve given my wife a sort of, safe haven, to sleep in, relax, and just live in, when she goes out, she is way ahead of the game, and has found it much easier to deal with the outside allergens, because now her allergies are not being packed out from the air in our home !! Hope this helps someone !! Best of luck….Mike

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    • Hi Mike,

      I agree, having a safe haven in your home helps anyone with allergies cope with the outside world. HEPA filters are super for removing irritating allergens.

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