Seasonal allergies afflict about 8-10% of the entire population, and that’s just the people who actually show up on reports. These are the people who discuss the problem with their doctor, seek allergy relief prescriptions, or otherwise show up on formal reports. An untold number of people experience mild to moderate seasonal allergies, but choose to “soldier through” the symptoms or take over-the-counter medication instead of seeking medical attention.
What this really means is that a lot of people suffer from some form of seasonal allergies. In fact, you might even suffer from seasonal allergies without knowing it. Here are some surprising facts about allergies that you might not know, and that might help shed some light on how to manage those troublesome symptoms.
Fact #1 – the more intense the winter, the worse spring allergies will be
A really nasty, cold winter can kill off all sorts of vegetation. Why, then, does a severe winter mean that spring allergies will be even worse? Because if it’s too cold for trees to bloom at their normal time, they do it at the same time as grasses and other vegetation, and it’s also at the same time that spring melt reveals wet, moldy ground. All of your worst allergy nightmares show up in the air at the exact same time, sending local allergen levels through the roof.
Fact #2 – there are vaccinations for allergies
Okay, so maybe “vaccination” isn’t the best descriptor, but there are shots you can get to reduce your seasonal allergy symptoms. They’re typically only recommended to people with severe allergy symptoms and do take a couple of seasons to take full effect, but most people who have gotten seasonal allergy shots claim that their symptoms are at least reduced. In some cases, they’re completely eliminated.
Fact #3 – no one really knows if raw honey works to inoculate against seasonal allergies
While local raw honey is a common home remedy for seasonal allergies, it may not actually help with all allergies. Specifically, if you’re allergic to certain tree spores, there might not even be any in the honey. There are also no studies that prove that ingesting the pollens that are present in the honey can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, though there is anecdotal evidence that it could help with some seasonal allergies, especially spring and summer allergies.
Fact #4 – if you move, you might leave your seasonal allergies behind
Seasonal allergies are caused by the dust, mold, pollen, spores and other allergens in the air. You may only be allergic to one or two of them, or you may be allergic to all of them. When you move to a new region, it’s not at all unusual to stop having seasonal allergies. The bad news is, after several seasons in your new home, your body may start reacting to one or more of the new allergens.
Fact #5 – every season has its own set of seasonal allergies
The conversation around seasonal allergies tends to bring images of spring and the world coming back to life, throwing allergens into the air. In fact, seasonal allergies can hit in any season, because each one has its own set of allergies. Winter allergies exist even in the harshest climates, and indoor allergies may change according to humidity and temperature changes.
Overall, seasonal allergy symptoms can range from just annoying to potentially debilitating. While seasonal allergies are rarely life-threatening, they can make it difficult to breathe and speak. If allergies get to the point that they interfere with everyday life, discuss management options with your doctor – nearly all symptoms can be reduced or eliminated in some way with the right treatment.