Beyond the Pollen Count: Other Common Allergy Culprits

pollenOnTree.jpgYou know the drill - spring rolls around, and talk of seasonal allergies references pollen. A LOT of pollen. Is it possible though that those season allergies might be caused by something OTHER than pollen? The short answer to that question is yes.

So what else can cause allergies in the spring? Many things. Some of the more common causes are dust mites, mold, animal dander, and insects.

Dust mites are present all year long, but they can cause extra problems when the dust that they create gets stirred up by open windows, extra activity, or even changing up linens and fabric items that have been in storage during the previous season. The good news though is that some thorough cleaning and vacuuming can get things back under control.

Mold spores love humidity, and spring rain can cause increases in humidity. That and warmer temps make the perfect environment for mold to flourish. Regular cleaning and a dehumidifier can keep things in check inside. You can also buy small humidity sensors to help you monitor moisture levels in your home.

Pets can also trigger seasonal allergies. Spring is when many pets shed their winter coats, making it easier for loose fur and dander to collect and cause irritation to your nasal passages.

Insects that have been mostly dormant in the winter are now out and about. Cockroach allergies are quite common, and they love to sneak inside through small gaps and cracks in homes. Insect bites and stings can also cause major allergic reactions, some being very severe.

For most of these culprits, regular thorough cleaning can help reduce the allergens in your home. Over-the-counter antihistamines can also help reduce symptoms and bring relief. If those measures aren’t quite enough though, allergy drops might be the best solution for you. If you’d like to learn more about allergy drops call us at 706-248-6860 to find out more!