Do you have allergy symptoms with sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat due to pollen count?
This is the season when temperatures warm up and flowers and trees bloom. This is bittersweet for many as it is also pollen season which will trigger allergies causing a runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and sneezing.
We are getting warmer and day length is getting longer in the spring. This creates growing trees, grass, and flowers. They all produce some kind of pollen or allergen at some point in their growth curve. The forecast will remain warm throughout the weekend.
There are three main parts to allergy season for our part of the country.
The first part of allergy season for our part of the country is tree pollen. Tree pollen begins when trees bud and begin to grow their leaves and flowers depending on the type of tree. This season will last through May for eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Tree pollen is usually highest in the morning.
The second part of allergy season features grass pollen. As grasses grow, they go through several stages, including a starter stage and then a top stage. Once out, they will develop their seeds or flowers which will create pollen. This season will begin in May and will last much of the summer in our region.
The third part of allergy season includes weed pollens. These can start as early as May, but are more likely in June, July and August as larger weeds such as ragweed, sorrel and nettle bloom.
Our part of the country generally deals with allergens from April to August with weed and grass pollens lasting from September to a few years. It will depend on the weather.
Your immune system trying to react to these allergens is why your body develops irritated/watery eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. Pollen allergens can even trigger asthma attacks in some people.