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Understanding Spring Allergy Seasons

Understanding Spring Allergy Seasons

Ever wonder why some spring allergy seasons are worse than others? Find out now, so you can understand what spring allergens may be coming your way!

What’s the Weather Got to Do With It?

The intensity of an allergy season has a lot to do with the weather. Over the years the length of the seasons have changed globally. The duration, start and end date of the pollen season vary significantly from one year to the next at any particular location. If spring comes earlier, so can your allergy symptoms.

The Effect of Winter on Allergies

While early spring may mean early pollen exposure, a mild winter can bring an early onset of pollinating trees and plants. On the other hand, if the winter is harsh, there will be fewer pollinating tree buds the following spring. So a hard winter can lead to an easier spring allergy season.

The Impact of a Rainy Spring

Rain can also influence the intensity of a spring allergy season because rain can change how much allergen you get exposed to. Rain can provide relief for allergy sufferers because the moisture saturates the mould spores and keeps them from circulating in the air. If they are not in the air, you are less likely to breathe them in. Then again, rain can also burst pollen grains, releasing much smaller allergen particles that can reach the small airways inside the lungs after the shower is over and the weather becomes drier.

More Rain, More Mould

Rainy springs also increase how mould grows. Mould loves it when it’s warm and wet. And the combination of a mild and damp spring can lead to an increase in mould, which can, in turn, increase allergy symptoms.

Spring Is No Time to Hide!

If the news starts to buzz about how bad the allergy season is, don’t hide from the spring. Track the pollen with the help of the Australian Pollen Forecast website and keep your allergy medication on hand.