Austin has beautiful weather, and flowers and trees that bloom and bud year-round. This (achoo!) leads to a variety of seasonal allergies.
Our Austin allergists would like you to know more about the seasonal allergies which may be causing symptoms such as itchy, runny nose; sneezing; swollen, itchy, watery or burning eyes; or sinus pressure. Seasonal allergies can also aggravate asthma symptoms.
Spring is the season for oak pollen
We all love beautiful old oaks, but oak pollination causes the pollen to spread far and wide. Before the trees get their leaves, you will notice a long clustered group of flowers called catkins dangling delicately from the branches. When the wind blows, this pollen can spread far and wide. This pollen is visible as a yellow powder on surfaces and cars.
Summer brings out grass allergies
Many people think flowers cause their seasonal allergies in the summer, but the most dominant culprit is grass. If the conditions are dry and windy, pollen spreads—and it also spreads when people mow the grass. On damp days, mold allergies may flare up. Some people also develop atopic dermatitis when sitting in or touching grass.
Ragweed allergies peak in the fall
From late summer into the fall, ragweed allergies plague many people. Just one of these plants can release into the air up to one billion grains of pollen; plus, the pollen can travel very far from its original source. Even worse, ragweed thrives in warm, dry climates like Austin’s.
Dreaded cedar fever peaks in the winter
Travel somewhere else in the country and mention “cedar fever,” and you may get a puzzled look from people; say it in Austin, and everyone knows what you mean. Although seasonal allergies to the Ashe juniper tree do not actually cause a fever, they can cause flu-like symptoms such as severe headaches and fatigue in addition to typical allergy symptoms. Cedar pollen is at its peak in January and February and sometimes the problem lasts through March.
Our Austin allergists can help you cope with seasonal allergies
Even though we have year-round seasonal allergies in Austin, most of us wouldn’t change our fantastic climate, and fortunately, we don’t have to. Contact us to learn more about relieving the symptoms of seasonal allergies—we can help!