What Causes A Severe Spring Allergy Season?
Learn More About the Factors That Contribute to a Bad Spring Allergy Season & Higher Pollen Count. At the Allergy & Asthma Center, Dr. Jon Stahlman MD & Expert Team of Board Certified Allergists Can Help You Fight Seasonal Allergies. Please Contact Us Today or Request an Appointment Online.
This year we are getting an early start to our spring allergy season and it again is looking like it is going to be pretty severe. So what factors make for a bad spring pollen season? Usually it is a combination of weather-related factors. Here are some of the weather conditions that affect spring pollen counts.
- Length of the growing season-Spring weather in the Southeast often begins in mid-February. These prolonged growing seasons are great for farmers but bad for allergy sufferers since it prolongs the time pollen is in the air.
- Mild winters or early springs– A mild winter or early spring weather may cause an early release of pollens from certain trees, and a longer season may be worsened by the priming effect. Once allergy sufferers are exposed to this early pollen, their immune system is primed to react to the allergens, meaning that their symptoms get worse as the season goes on. If weather reports call for a streak of warm days like we have had near Atlanta recently, start taking your allergy medication right away.
- Rainfall– In the short-term, rain can provide temporary relief from allergy symptoms since it washes the pollen from the air. However, the more rain and snow we get in winter and autumn, the more pollen the trees will likely produce in spring.
- Wind-Dry and windy weather is not kind to allergy sufferers because it is perfect for stirring up more pollen in the air and spreading it long distances.
If you feel that every spring is labelled the worst for allergy sufferers, there could be some truth in that. According to a 2012 study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen counts slowly rise annually and are expected to double by the year 2040. This is thought to be due to economic growth, air pollution, and climate change causing an increase in carbon dioxide which spurs pollen production. We recommend making an appointment with one of our board-certified allergists near Lawrenceville GA, Atlanta GA, and Conyers GA, by calling or going online at www.allergyinatlanta.com, so you will be able to get a head start on symptom relief this spring!