Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Be careful, though - in addition to flowers and chocolates this year, Mother Nature might give you a gift, too - an early allergy season.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found four conditions that can affect mold and pollen spore counts:
- Erratic weather. A wamer-than-usual winter season, like we're experiencing this year, makes trees pollinate earlier. If spring weather fluctuates greatly between warm and cold spells, it can result in more intense periods of pollen release during the warm spells, which is when plants take the cue to grow and release pollen.
- Length of the growing season. Longer growing seasons might be a good thing for farmers and gardeners, but it can mean increased misery for allergy sufferers, as it increases the time pollen and mold are present as well.
- Wind. Dry and windy weather is not kind to people with allergies, as the wind spreads pollen and mold.
- Rainfall. Rain can be either a good thing or a bad thing for allergy sufferers, depending on when it happens. The worst allergy seasons are often preceded by a wet spring, which promotes rapid plant growth later on. But rain can also provide a much-needed respite for those with allergies, as a heavy rainfall can help clear the air of pollen.
Tracking mold and pollen spores into your home can affect your indoor air quality, especially when those spores get trapped in your air duct system and are being continuously circulated throughout the house.
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