If you have sinus allergies, you probably dread the runny nose and itchy eyes and can’t wait for allergy season to be done. But when exactly is allergy season?
Maybe a better question would be what time of year is your allergy season?
Although many people experience their worst allergy symptoms in the spring, the reality for some is that there is no allergy “season.” Depending on what you are allergic to, allergies from plant pollens can last all year long.
Pollen is the way plants reproduce. Some plants release large quantities of pollen at certain times of year. Other plants pollinate year-round.
An allergic reaction is caused by an overreaction by the body’s immune system. The purpose of the immune system is to recognize and fight off foreign organisms like bacteria or viruses that can make you sick.
To do this, the body determines that something is harmful and creates an antibody that is keyed specifically to that harmful substance.
The next time that substance attacks, the immune system has antibodies ready to fight it off, which keeps you from getting sick or reduces the time or severity of the illness.
An allergic reaction happens when the body mistakes a relatively harmless substance, called a trigger, for something harmful. Some common examples of allergy triggers include plant pollens and bee stings.
The first time the body encounters a new trigger, the immune system jumps into action by creating antibodies to fight off the invader. The side effects of these antibodies are the symptoms we associate with allergies, including itchy eyes, a runny nose, trouble breathing or a rash.
Allergies to plant pollens may seem to go away during certain seasons of year. But when the time comes for that kind of plant to produce pollen, the allergy symptoms come right back.
Your personal allergy season will depend on where you live and what plant pollens you are allergic to.
In general, trees release the most pollen in the spring. Grass pollens are more common in the warmer weather of summer. Weed pollens tend to be most common in the fall.