Spring is almost upon us. Soon, the birds will be chirping, the roads will be dry, and our plants will “spring” to life once more. While this season does bring much-needed warmth and beautiful sceneries, it may also wreak havoc on your nose and immune system.
That’s right, it’s allergy season again.
One of the few ways you can protect yourself from getting itchy eyes and stuffy nose on a beautiful day is staying at home.
However, it’s still possible that allergens may still find their way into your house through entry points like windows and even your HVAC system if it’s poorly serviced.
Here’s what you need to know about seasonal allergies and how you can prevent them through properly maintaining your air conditioning system.
We should look at the root of the problem before we can solve it. In this case, our main culprit is pollen.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), allergic reactions happen because our immune system mistakes harmless materials like pollen or mold to be dangerous.
This creates a special class of antibody that trigger allergy symptoms. There are three types of pollen that cause seasonal allergies.
- Tree Pollen – Trees pollinate in early January in Southern states according to a fact sheet by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This usually happens until June. This is why spring is notorious for causing allergies. The AAFA says trees like Alder, Ash, Cedar, Cottonwood, and more cause the most symptoms. In some cases, being allergic to some of these trees could make a person allergic to some fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This is because tree pollen has almost the same makeup as proteins found in those food items.
- Grass Pollen – Grass pollinates during late spring — from April until early June. This type of pollen causes common allergy symptoms, though some people may also get skin rashes after being exposed to grass. According to medical information provider WebMD, the kinds of grass that may trigger allergy symptoms are Bermuda, Rye, Johnson, Kentucky, and more.
- Plant Pollen – Weeds like ragweed and curly dock are common causes of plant pollen, according to the NIH. Ragweed usually happens from August to November. Flowers like amaranths and chrysanthemums also trigger allergy symptoms.
If you plan on staying inside to avoid inhaling pollen from the outside world, you need to close all your windows and turn the air conditioner on. It’s not enough, however, to just use your AC and hope for the best.
It’s important to keep it maintained as allergens like dust, pollen, and mold could build up inside your unit, causing you to constantly suffer from allergy symptoms. You should regularly check and clean your air filters every two to three months.
If it still doesn’t fix the problem, then there might be some buildup in the air ducts. In this case, you should call a professional that can clean these spaces for you.
While spring is a beautiful season, it’s also unforgiving when it comes to allergies. Trees and grass will literally be in your way, blocking your sinuses and potentially causing asthma.
In some cases, your eyes and skin will itch. If you’re extremely sensitive to pollen, take every precaution you can and go outside only when you need to.
When you’re indoors, make sure every point of entry is closed and use an air conditioner that’s properly maintained. You can never be too sure!
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