How Are Allergies Affected by the Weather?

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It’s finally spring! For some, this means warmer weather and beautiful spring flowers, but for many, springtime signifies allergy season. Transitioning from one season to the next can set off allergies, but so can small, daily weather variations like a change in temperature or precipitation levels. Read about some of the ways the weather can set off your sniffling and sneezing.

Windy Weather

If you head outside and notice it’s a bit of a blustery day, be wary of an increase in allergy symptoms. The wind can pick up pollen, dust mites, and other allergens and spread them around the air that you breathe—thus, causing sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. On days like these, do your best to avoid going outdoors.

Rainy Weather

Since Houston is right next to the coast, we’re all too aware of how humid, rainy weather can worsen allergies. Those who suffer from pollen allergies may want to stay indoors the next time a rainstorm hits. Allergies are heightened when it rains because the humidity and warm temperatures can cause the pollen count to increase. Mold spores can also thrive in this type of environment, adding to the influx of allergies.

Cold Weather 

When the temperatures drop, all you want to do is bundle up and stay warm and cozy indoors. More time spent indoors means more exposure to indoor allergens like dust mites, pet hair, and mold spores. Find tips on reducing indoor allergens in your home here.

Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather, and when it changes (and here in Houston, it changes often), your allergies are bound to act up unless you seek treatment. Immunotherapy (shots or sublingual drops) is a great option to treat allergies because you can perform the treatment at home. It’s convenient, and, unlike typical over-the-counter allergy relief pills, immunotherapy is an effective long-term solution.

In some cases, another course of treatment may be more effective. Read about our in-office procedures here. As always, we will work to find the best solution for your needs. Contact us today for an appointment!

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