Experts from Vanderbilt University Medical Center offer this advice:
Allergies have a seasonal rhythm to their comings and goings, and we are in the midst of one of the biggest allergy seasons of the year: tree pollen season.
According to Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program allergist Dr. Jeffrey Culp, tree pollen season overlaps with cold and flu season. If you are not sure if your sniffles, sneezing and other symptoms are a cold or allergies, here’s one way to tell: If the problem lasts more than about 10 days, it’s most likely an allergy.
All allergy seasons are not created equal, but every time of year has its allergens to be aware of, Culp said.
There are some allergens that remain at a steady level all year, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold.
Tree pollen can start up as early as mid-February, and about the time it subsides in April, grass pollen really becomes heavy. “Easter and Mother’s Day are tough for a lot of people,” Culp said, noting the springtime tree pollen–grass pollen overlap.
Then, as grasses subside in mid-summer, the fall allergens, such as ragweed, begin and last until October.
Fortunately, most people aren’t allergic to everything, and, also fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to deal with the allergens that are encountered, both inside and outside.
Dr. Culp offers four steps to allergy relief