During dry and windy days, gusts of wind can blow pollen and other allergens into the air, causing hay fever and other reactions. Seasonal allergies are the body’s immune response to allergens in the environment. It can be seen in 20-40% of children. Anyone can develop seasonal allergies, but they are more common in children whose parents and siblings have allergies.
There are two basic kinds of allergies: 1) Pollen Allergies - These are seasonal allergies typically only present for parts of the year, especially during the transition of weather and they erupt from pollen such as trees, weeds and grasses. 2) Perennial Allergies - These are usually present all year-round and include allergens such as pet dander and house dust mites.
Understanding exactly what causes your allergies will help you avoid reactions more predictably. Those with allergic asthma often find that cold air is a trigger, particularly when outside exercising. Hot summer days often have the highest levels of air pollution.
Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause of seasonal allergies. Levels of pollen tend to be highest from early morning to mid-morning. Grass pollen and outdoor mold spores usually hit a high point during June-July. Humid and moist air conditions are ripe for mold growth, both inside the home and outside, so those who live in humid areas should be aware that mold can release spores all year long in these conditions. As the temperature drops, pollen tends to calm down in most regions.
Common symptoms of pollen allergy include itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing. Toddlers who are experiencing seasonal allergies commonly rub their eyes and noses throughout the day. They also sleep with their mouths open because they find it easier to breathe that way.
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