Allergy season is quickly approaching and this year is expected to be “the worst” for spring allergies. Why will this allergy season be the worst? According to weather.com, there are a couple of reasons.
- Rising temperatures. According to research by allergist Leonard Bielory, pollen counts will average 21,735 grains of pollen per cubic meter in the year 2040. To put this in perspective, the average pollen count in 2000 was just 8,455 (yikes!). Hotter summers can also result in a more intense pollen season the following spring.
- Heavy precipitation. Low temperatures and heavy precipitation in the fall or winter may cause more grass pollens to flower early and more heavily in the spring. In other words, increased allergy symptoms.
- The “priming effect.” The priming effect is when temperatures rise briefly and then dip again, which causes pollen levels to rise, then fall, then rise again. This constant re-exposure causes allergy sufferers to become “even more hyper-sensitive or hyperactive to the new pollen.”
Regardless of the fact that this may or may not be the worst allergy season, there are some things that you can do to help combat spring allergies, including:
- Keeping the windows closed
- Taking a shower and washing your hair
- Taking medicines before symptoms start
- Rinsing out your nasal passage
In addition to the above, preventing allergens from entering your home, especially where you sleep, is critical. Mattress encasements and pillow protectors, like the AllerZip® Smooth Mattress Encasement and AllerZip® Smooth Pillow Protector, are designed specifically for allergy sufferers to provide a protective barrier against dust mites, bacteria and other allergens.