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Spring Allergies 101: Your Allergy Forecast

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Spring is now in full swing and for many people, that means itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throats and runny noses. Spring kicks off three seasons of allergy-induced weather which unfortunately for many people, could mean symptoms lasting all the way through the fall. For the time being, preventing and alleviating springtime allergies are at the forefront.

Here is everything you need to know for the 2016 spring allergy forecast.

Long before the snow began to melt and the flowers began to bloom predictions were being made that the 2016 spring allergy season would be significantly worse than normal. Reports indicated that most regions in the U.S. would see the onset of spring allergies as much as one month earlier than in years past. Predications were largely based on weather phenomenon El Nino. This weather pattern has brought warmer-than-usual temperatures and milder weather in the past few months, which has likely caused pollen to be released earlier than normal.

Abnormally warm, mild temperatures this year have caused an earlier start to the spring allergy season.Unseasonably warm, mild temperatures this year have caused an earlier start to the spring allergy season.

Allergy forecasts indicate that a town or city's natural landscape has a lot to do with symptoms. Those who live in rural, countryside towns with many trees, plants and tall grasses are exposed to greater amounts of pollen. While those living in urban areas and cities with fewer trees will not get as much pollen.

This year, many people are experiencing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing and watering eyes much earlier than normal. In fact, it's been common for some of these individuals to live with allergy symptoms all year long. Leaving symptoms that are left untreated have the potential to not only become chronic, but also interfere with other health aspects. Experts agree that treating allergy symptoms immediately is key for faster recovery and alleviation.

Pollen Counts
The biggest allergy trigger in early spring is tree pollen. Later spring and early summer are more impacted by grass and flower pollens. Overall, pollen counts are highest in the mornings and between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pollen is often much worse on mild, windy days when it is more likely to blow through the air. This is when pollen is most likely to travel through open windows, stick to clothing and cling to hair and skin.

Most local weather stations and channels will provide a thorough pollen index count for the specific region in which you live. Weather resources will outline the pollen type, the strength of the pollen - low, low-medium, medium, medium-high or high - and the pollen index itself. Similar to the weather charts showing which days of the week can expect to see sun, rain and clouds, the pollen reports indicate which days of the coming week are most likely to see intense pollen counts.

This spring, it's especially important to keep an eye on pollen counts in your area.This spring, it's especially important to keep an eye on pollen counts in your area.

Prevention and Treatments
When it comes to combating spring allergies, prevention is most important. Knowing your personal allergy triggers and how to cope with them when they arise is crucial. Staying informed on the spring allergy forecast is the best way to practice prevention methods. 

Knowing the pollen counts for your region and keeping up to date on weather and forecasts can help you avoid allergy symptoms. Additionally, there are several ways to alleviate or prevent symptoms in the first place.

  • Trap the influx of pollen in the air with air purifiers all around your home. Holmes® Air Purifiers eliminate airborne allergens and create cleaner, purer indoor air. Additionally, an air purifier will make it easier to breath by working effectively as an allergen remover.
  • Keep windows in your home and car closed during peak pollen hours and when pollen counts are high.
  • Wash clothing after being outdoors when pollen index is high.
  • Use an air conditioner to clean and dry out the air in your home during the height of allergy season.
  • Flush out pollen by irrigating your sinuses each day.
  • Taking antihistamines if symptoms worsen throughout the season may help to alleviate discomfort.
  • As an extra precaution, wearing a face mask while outside may help to decrease your reaction to allergens.
Using a HEPA air purifier to keep your indoor air clean and fresh is key for allergy relief.Using a HEPA air purifier to keep your indoor air clean and fresh is key for allergy relief.