NAVIGATE ALLERGY SEASON LIKE A PRO
UNDERSTANDING “ALLERGY SEASON”
What does it mean when it’s declared that allergy season is upon us? — when is allergy season in full swing? Better yet, when will it end?! Here’s a look at what you can expect during allergy season, how to get ahead of symptoms of seasonal allergies, and how you can better prepare for itchy-eyes-and-nose season.
WHEN IS ALLERGY SEASON?
The timing of allergy season and symptoms of seasonal allergies can vary depending on where you live and what you’re allergic to. But generally speaking, there are three allergy seasons for outdoor allergens in Canada: spring, summer, and fall.
Spring allergy season in Canada usually starts out West and can start as early as mid-March. Trees are the main culprit during this time, as they produce high amounts of pollen.
During warm summer months, grasses, such as Bermuda and blue grass, release allergy-causing pollen.
Grasses are the top allergy offenders during the fall season—especially ragweed, which can grow in nearly every environment.
WHEN IS ALLERGY SEASON OVER?
Outdoor allergens should stop bothering you at the first fall frost. But unfortunately for some of us, allergy season drags on all year. Many Canadians experience year-round symptoms, regardless of when pollen season starts and ends. Year-round allergy symptoms can be caused by indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mould.
To find out what’s causing your allergy symptoms, you may want to consider consulting an allergist. While avoiding indoor and outdoor allergens is the most effective treatment, it’s not always possible. That’s why it’s so important to treat your allergies when they start.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR ALLERGY SEASON
The first step is to know what you’re allergic to. An allergist can help you identify the causes of your allergy symptoms. Next, it helps to minimize your exposure to those allergens—whether that means cleaning your home in a certain way to reduce indoor allergens or keeping an eye on your local allergy forecast so you can plan ahead.
Once you begin to suffer from symptoms of seasonal allergies, a good first step is to figure out which allergy medicine is right for you, so you can start treating your allergy symptoms as soon as they start. Taking your medicine before peak allergy season can help alleviate symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. You can find more tips to prepare for the next allergy season right here.