Seasonal Allergy Treatment Center in Palmetto Bay, FL
Do you find that your allergies are bad during a certain time of the year? Then you may have seasonal allergies, at Piniella Asthma and Allergy clinic we can provide treatment and relief for your seasonal allergies. Call us today or request an appointment online.
Allergies are something that affect everyone. Whether you exhibit symptoms or someone you love does, allergies affect everyone in one way or another. From sneezing and itching to the food and material that we come into contact with, allergies present themselves in various different ways. The seasons have a significant effect on allergies, as well, from pollen in the spring to dry wind in the summer, weather often aggravates particulates that then exacerbate symptoms. Thankfully, there are many treatments and preventative measures to alleviate symptoms and potentially rid them completely.
In which months is allergy season?
Allergy season is usually most severe in the spring, around the first week of May. That’s because seasonal allergies — called allergic rhinitis or hay fever — commonly occur due to pollen from trees and grass, which are most prevalent in the spring and early summer.
Do I have a cold or allergies?
Winter and Early Spring:
For areas that rarely if ever see a frost, the start of the year is the start of the allergy season. As soon as days start to lengthen a bit, grass begins to grow and releases pollen to spread. By February, the grass is flowering in the Deep South and parts of the Carolinas across the Texas and New Mexico valleys and into central California, with tree pollens joining the pollen party as well.
The grass pollen season expands by February and March, with trees likely to cause allergic reactions by early April. Before Easter, residents can expect to see that familiar yellow powder pollen coating everything.
Late Spring and Early Summer:
The season for tree pollen starts to come to an end across the extreme southern tier by the end of April and May, but it is just getting started further north. Tree pollen is the primary allergen across the northern Plains, Great Lakes and New England during the month of May. Grasses are typically just starting to create pollen during this time in the north, so residents may be able to catch a break. By Memorial Day, expect to see pollen flying in the air and have a tissue on hand for those sneezes.
The hot summer days heat up the grasses, making the pollen more dormant, or sending it into a survival-type of sleep. However, the dormant grasses can allow the wind to kick up dirt and fields, leading to a peak in the dust season.
Late Summer and Fall:
A fresh allergen, ragweed, is starting to make its way across the U.S. by the middle of summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, ragweed, which is actually a flowering plant found near river banks, is the leading cause of allergies, with three-fourths of all sufferers allergic to it.
Ragweed and pollen season come to an end when the first frosts of fall start to occure. As nighttime temperatures drop into the 20s, the ragweed plant is unable to survive the chilly conditions.
How long do seasonal allergies last?
Cold symptoms generally last 7 to 10 days, whereas allergy symptoms can last longer if continually exposed to the allergen. Once the allergen is eliminated, allergy symptoms will start to subside.
If the pollen count is high, keep the windows and doors closed to protect your indoor air. You can also install a HEPA filter on your air-conditioning system and a flat or panel filter on your furnace. When you leave your home and return, you bring tiny allergens from the outside world with you. After being outside, your clothes and skin are covered with particles from everywhere you visited throughout the day. Get rid of allergens by taking a shower and changing your clothes.
If you or someone you know are experiencing symptoms due to seasonal allergies or are unsure of the cause of your reactions, please contact our office for more information and to get in touch with an Allergist in the South Miami, FL area. To book an appointment with Piniella Asthma and Allergy call us at (305) 515-5922 or visit us online at www.pa2allergy.com. We are located at 6705 SW 57th Ave, Ste 520 South Miami, FL 33143.