Allergy season in North Texas can seem like the entire year for many allergy sufferers. Most people associate allergies with spring time, however, according to Dr. Monty Trimble, Sinus Surgeon/Specialist, patients can have their worst allergy season during the winter, due to mountain cedar pollination. Mountain cedar is a type of juniper tree and a major cause of the pollen allergy known as “cedar fever”.
Not only can the allergy season seem long, but it has seemingly worsened for many people. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranked Dallas, Texas as number fifteen out of one hundred on their “fall allergy capitals” list for 2014. Several theories exist on the reason behind the spike in symptoms, including periods of heavy rainfall, increased mold spores caused by humidity, additional plant life, and even pollution.
Even if you aren’t the typical pollen allergy sufferer, you probably get occasional congestion, which can be quite bothersome. There are many triggers that can cause congestion or runny nose. Pet dander, Christmas trees, or certain types of grass can bring on nasal symptoms. Dr. Trimble points out that allergic rhinitis can also be caused by airborne molds which are found both outdoors and indoors. These molds are typically at higher levels during rainy seasons or when moisture levels are high indoors. You may experience nasal congestion or a post-nasal drip when the weather gets cold. This is usually a non-allergic form of rhinitis triggered by wind exposure or change in temperature or humidity. It can sometimes even be brought on by strong odors or smoke.
One thing is certain, whatever the cause may be, allergy symptoms are on the rise. While there is no cure for allergies, many treatments to alleviate symptoms are available. If you have chronic symptoms, you should consult a doctor. Monitoring pollen counts and knowing your triggers will help you maintain your health during allergy season and breathe freely.