Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer
The weather can have a huge impact on allergies of all kinds. Although no allergies are directly caused by the weather itself, the weather can definitely affect the type and severity of your allergies.
Here are some common weather conditions and how they affect allergies:
Windy days can be a real problem for allergy sufferers. Winds make more pollen, mold, and dust airborne and increase the traveling distance of many types of pollen. Dry, windy days can lead to irritated eyes, nose, and throat. Those with asthma often find they struggle more when outdoors on windy days.
In many instances, rain can be a welcome relief to allergy sufferers, particularly during pollen season. A long, soaking rain can cleanse the air for several hours. Unfortunately, an extended rain season during warmer months can also exacerbate mold allergies. Mold grows incredibly fast in warm, moist conditions. Those who live in tropical climates tend to deal with mold growth year-round.
Mold can easily gain access to the home, and steps should be taken to regulate humidity in the home. Care should be exercised to prevent any leaks or moisture seepage, and repairs to foundations and roofs should be made immediately if moisture is accumulating.
Cold weather tends to worsen indoor allergies. During the colder months, homes are sealed up tighter. Cold air tends to be dry and this can also worsen asthma and skin-related allergies like eczema. A humidifier can help relieve the discomfort of dry air. A good air filtration system and regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter can also reduce levels of indoor allergens like dust mites and dander.
Excessive heat and humidity in the summer months can worsen air pollution and aggravate allergies in urban areas. Air pollution can directly cause and worsen other allergies and increase asthma symptoms. The elderly and anyone with chronic respiratory illnesses are advised to spend very little time outdoors when ozone counts are high.
Unlike most airborne allergies, the effects of smog are not always felt immediately. Sometimes reactions don't occur for a couple of days. Research has shown that exposure to diesel engine exhaust, a large contributor to smog, can increase sensitivity to pollen and dust mites.
Help for Weather Related Allergies
With some simple adjustments, you can adapt to weather related allergies. Using air conditioning instead of opening the windows can help reduce exposure to air pollution and pollens. Good air filtration systems are also helpful throughout the year to reduce exposure to all types of allergens. Proper regulation of humidity levels can prevent mold growth in the home in the warm months and keep cold air more tolerable in the winter.
Severe allergies may require medical treatment, but most mild allergies can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines. Unfortunately, these medications often cause side effects, leaving many to seek more natural solutions.
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