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.
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