Take a deep breath of that fresh, spring air! Or maybe not if you suffer from allergies. “Spring is in the air,” but so is a high amount of pollen.
Spring allergy season is between March and June across the United States, and here in Northern Michigan we are seeing pollen in full force right now from newly budded trees such as birch, ash and maple, according to pollen.com. Along with other sources of allergies like blooming flowers and weeds.
Pollen is mainly transferred by bees, birds or bats but is also lofted into the air by the wind and can also be transported in water.
Dry, windy days often have higher pollen and mold spore counts in the air, so some days can be worse for your allergies than others.
As some allergy sufferers know, it doesn’t end once spring is over. In the summer months, between June and August, grass pollens are at their highest, and in the fall, it’s ragweed. The only relief we see for outdoor allergies is in the winter when most plants retire for the winter.
To avoid a rough allergy season, you can try to stay inside on days when it is windy. It can also be helpful to wear a mask when doing yardwork. Just keep in mind that some pollens, especially tree pollens, are so small that they can still pass through the sides.