What predicts the severity of a bad allergy season?

Dr. Patricia Gomez-Dinger

The severity of allergy seasons can vary largely depending on four weather-related factors.
 Here are some of the conditions that can affect pollen counts.
1. Erratic weather.  A warmer than usual winter season, makes trees pollinate earlier. If spring weather fluctuates greatly between warm and cold spells, it can result in more intense periods of pollen release during the warm spells.

2. Rainfall.  The worst allergy seasons are often preceded by a wet spring, which promotes rapid plant growth thus more abundant pollen. However, during heavy rainfall the air is temporarily cleared of pollen providing a much-needed respite for those with allergies.

3. Length of the growing season. Longer growing seasons means an increase in the time pollen and mold are present and can mean increased misery for allergy sufferers.

4. Wind.  The wind spreads pollen and mold.
It's impossible to know how severe this approaching allergy season will be.  So it is always important to take steps to limit your exposure to allergens that affect you, seeing an allergist before the season starts can also help ensure you find relief.
Why see an allergist?  Allergists are specialists that are trained to not only trained to treat your systems, but also identify the source of your allergies and develop a treatment plan to improve your symptoms. A doctor who is also a certified allergist can teach you how to avoid potential triggers for your allergies, and recommend treatment options that may go beyond over-the-counter medications.

An allergist may also recommend allergy shots , also known as immunotherapy, which can alter the progression of allergies, providing more than just symptom relief. Even if an allergy shot might not be for you, an allergist can recommend both prescription and over-the-counter medications that can best treat your symptoms.
In fact, studies suggest immunotherapy when used on the appropriate patients can result in health care cost savings of up to 41 percent.

Don't waste your time and money on other the counter remedies. Make your appointment today.
Dr. Gomez Dinger
(Information from ACAAI)