Most of us look forward to spring. Trees are blooming, temperatures are warming, and flowers are beginning to poke out of the soil. It’s a wonderful time of the year. Unless you suffer from spring allergies!
If spring is not your favorite time of year because it means sneezing, itchy watery eyes, skin issues, and or just a general feeling of malaise, most likely you suffer from seasonal allergies. During the spring, especially up here in the northeastern part of the U.S., where the temperature is considered temperate, we have many issues for the allergy suffering.
Mold: Outdoor molds are everywhere in spring. Leftover leaves from fall in the soil, rotting wood or debris, and water that has been sitting stagnant. When the weather is warm and the wind is blowing, mold spores can travel everywhere. They are a major source of respiratory complaints and can be found inside the home as well if any dampness or leaks exist.
Pollen: Our trees, grass, and flowers are starting to pollinate in the spring. Pollen, the powdery substance that plants use to reproduce, is sent off into the air making it easily inhaled. It also settles on every surface and can easily be introduced to the nasal passages via your hands. If you were to look at some tree and flower pollens under a microscope you would see spike-like features on them. This is a major reason that they are such an irritant.
Here’s to a healthy and happy spring!
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My name is Laura Castricone and I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist. I have been practicing in the state of Connecticut since 1992. I have worked in several aspects of respiratory care including ...
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