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Survival Guide to 2021 Allergy Season

Here it comes. The itchy eyes. A tickle in your nose. Congestion? Maybe for a day, and then BAM! Runny nose the next. Unpredictable and annoying, seasonal allergies can affect people everywhere at any time of year, depending on what triggers them. 

Additionally, it’s been proven that as our planet continues to heat up, our allergy season has gotten not only longer, but more intense, so allergies aren’t going anywhere anytime soon (thanks climate change!). So, what can you do about it? 

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million Americans get the pleasure of experiencing allergies throughout the year. Allergies can wreak havoc in our systems in varying degrees of severity. Severe symptoms can include intense sinus pressure, post-nasal drip, hives, vomiting, and even asthma attacks.  

As fun as this all sounds, many people don’t realize the steps they can take to better understand their allergies and how to effectively combat them. 

Don’t worry - we can help. This guide has everything you need to know about allergy season, how to combat allergies, and how an air purifier can help.

When is allergy season and what causes Spring allergies?

When we think of allergy season, we are mostly reminded of the plethora of symptoms that come along with it. Springtime is almost universally recognized as allergy season. But, why?

Naturally when Spring begins plants begin to bloom and sprout foliage, with that comes a deluge of pollen. Even though allergy symptoms may taper off as the seasons progress, pollination continues throughout the Summer and into the early Fall. For some unlucky sufferers, so do their allergy symptoms. 

Let’s map allergies through the seasons so you can find the right combination of remedies to breathe a little easier this year.

Allergy Season ahead warning sign

Spring: Peak Allergy Season

In most areas of the country, Spring time is planting time. Trees ring in allergy season as they escape dormancy first. Tree pollen begins blooming in late March and April, around the same time as cold-hardy bulbs. The trees are then followed by perennials, annuals, grasses, and weeds to round out the Spring allergy season through July.  With a solid five months of pollen-filled air, and the continual burgeoning of new plant-life, Spring takes the crown as the worst allergy season. 

Summer: A Second Wind of Pollen

Once July rolls around, in the heat of Summer, ragweed steps into the spotlight as yet another catalyst for allergy symptoms up until September. Ragweed is a soft-stemmed, flowering plant that is most abundant in North America, and is responsible for half of all its seasonal allergies. 

Fall: A Descent Into Delight

Depending on where you live, Summer might begin to slowly descend into Fall in September, October, or even November, if you’re close enough to the equator. At that time, most pollen-producing foliage drifts back into dormancy, and your sinuses can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Fall leaves, however, can pile up and with them small concaves of mold and mildew. 

Learn more about the top 5 fall seasonal home upgrades to combat fall allergies, here.

Winter: The Overlooked Enemy

Pollen isn’t the only allergy trigger for seasonal sufferers. If you are allergic to different types of molds, dust mites, pets, and other allergens, you could experience allergy symptoms all year long. With cooler weather more time is spent indoors where dust, dander, and other allergens can trigger histamine.

What is Histamine?

Histamine, the chemical produced by your immune system along with antibodies to fight against allergic rhinitis, the full term for allergies, can be produced whenever allergic rhinitis is present in the body. 

young woman suffering from allergy attack on light background

What can I do to combat allergies?

Oftentimes, it’s easier said than done to find a solution that works for you. It’s hard to fathom that anyone enjoys headaches, watery eyes, and light sensitivity, and yet so many people have yet to find the perfect solution to combat their individualized allergy symptoms. Luckily, we’ve compiled the information to best help you find your solution. 

Traditional ways to combat allergies can include:

  • Oral Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal Sprays
  • Immunotherapy Tablets/Shots
  • Overall Cleanliness

For some, these techniques individually or collectively can significantly improve their quality of life throughout allergy season, and even throughout the entire year. However, we’ve found a game changer when it comes to allergy season, and that’s an air purifier for allergies.

Air purifiers for allergies can remarkably lessen and improve allergy symptoms, giving you peace of mind and a tolerable Spring.

closeup of indoor air purifier to prevent allergies

How can air purifiers help with allergies?

First: do air purifiers help with allergies? 

The short answer is yes, but the better answer is why. 

An air purifier for allergies can reduce the pollutants that are already inside your home, or have made their way into your home on your person (shoes, clothes, belongings) or through your windows. Air purifying filters can capture pollen, dust mites, bacteria, and other catalysts for your allergy symptoms.

Do HEPA filters help with allergies? 

Yes! The trick to finding the right air purifier for pollen capturing and relieving allergy symptoms is the HEPA filter, or a high efficiency particulate air filter. Without one, you’re more likely to have invested in an air purifier that is simply circulating the air around your residence with little to no impact on lessening allergy symptoms. HEPA filters in air purifiers can capture up to 99.97% of allergens.

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of maximum efficiency and sleek design, we recommend the Veva 8000 Elite Pro Series Air Purifier. With a 3-stage fan, the purifier can work on an ultra-quiet setting throughout the night, and be put on its turbo mode while you’re away  so you can return to a fresher, cleaner home. 

In addition to eliminating allergens, it also removes odors, is safe for all members of your household (yes, including pets and babies!), and comes with four activated carbon filters to remove any hassle of finding and cutting your own. 

You really can’t go wrong with Veva’s air purification systems. Not to mention, Veva makes it easy to find and replace filters, or find a design that works best for your lifestyle. Allergens will no longer have a hold on your life and your home, and you’ll be able to finally breathe a clear sigh of relief.

Learn more about the importance of keeping you air filter clean, here.

Survival Guide to 2021 Allergy Season in summary:

  • Familiarize yourself with the Spring allergy season and how allergies can carryover throughout the year.
  • Understand the different methods of how to actively combat allergies and find a method or combination of methods that work best for you and your symptoms.
  • Try adding a Veva air purifier for allergies with a HEPA filter to your household to better combat symptoms and alleviate the hold allergy season has on your life.

 

Contributing Writer: Alexa Vadnais

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