Spring Allergies: Common Causes and Triggers

So far, spring in the northeast has been unusually chilly and soggy, but never fear, spring will indeed arrive. When it does, many of us will feel it in our nasal passages.

The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen – from trees, grasses and weeds (not flowers necessarily). Pollen can travel for miles and can travel into your car and home when you open the windows, so it’s not just about the plants in your neighborhood or home.

If you have spring allergies you can probably recite this list for memory – but symptoms typically include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, sometime wheezing, and itchy eyes and nose.

Many weather reports now offer a pollen report, which can be very helpful in managing symptoms. If pollen levels are moderate or high, it is recommended that allergy sufferers not open windows in their homes and car and to shower and wash hair daily to remove air-borne allergens.

Weatherbug outlines the timeframes that are worst for allergens in 2018: