All About Season Allergies and How to Remedy Them Naturally

Last updated September 21, 2022

The changing of the seasons is usually a time for newfound celebration. It promises a fresh start, a welcomed change in weather, and exciting holidays and festivities to come.

But it also brings seasonal allergies (more clinically known as “allergic rhinitis”) which affect upwards of 60 million people per year in the United States, according to the CDC (1). And it’s not just for spring or fall – allergens can appear year-round.

Season length and symptoms vary each year depending on the weather and where you live. So let’s dive into the details of each season so you get a handle on how to remedy this nuisance of an ailment.

What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Allergies are your body’s reaction to foreign substances it considers an “invader.” These “invaders,” commonly known as allergens (such as pollen, for example) spark your immune system – which is your body’s natural defense system – to put up its guard and defend you from such an invader.

To do this, your body releases a chemical called histamines (also leukotrienes and prostaglandins). Unfortunately, these chemicals cause the bulk of those pesky allergy symptoms, according to Yale Medicine (2).

What are common seasonal allergy symptoms?

  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Post nasal drip (drainage in the throat)
  • Fatigue

It’s important to note that seasonal allergies are different from what’s known as “perennial allergies” – e.g., dust mites and cat hair – which can affect you all year long. But both can be equally as annoying.

Allergies are your body’s reaction to foreign substances it considers an “invader.”

Types of Seasonal Allergies

An overview of main allergens:

  • Tree pollen—March/April
  • Grass pollen—June/July
  • Ragweed—Fall
  • Mold—Fall

Let’s dive further into each season, followed by natural remedies for each type.

Fall Allergies

With the crisp air and colorful gourds abound, fall tends to feel like a fresh start. The kids are back at school and businesses are in full-swing planning for the promise of the holidays to come. But that momentum can come to a halt when fall allergies come to play.

Ragweed pollen is one of the most common culprits for seasonal allergies in the fall time. This weed starts pollinating around late summer through early-to-mid fall, depending on the weather. Ragweed can grow just about anywhere – and even if it isn’t in your area, its pollen travels (3) hundreds of miles through the air when riding the wind.

This is also when the dreaded “hay fever” begins to strike, which is usually at its peak between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid, and windy (4).

During this season, you may also run into mold that develops in wet leaves and soil. Lastly, you’ll want to be mindful that this time of year you’ll be turning on the heating – stirring up dust mites into the air.

Winter Allergies

As the weather heads towards the lowest temperatures of the year, we can finally say goodbye to outdoor pollen and many plant allergies. However, as move more and more indoors, year-round, or “perennial” allergies can rear their ugly head. These indoor allergies include mold, dust mites, pet dander, and even your Christmas tree (5)!

But before you go throwing out your beautiful Douglas Fur, there are a few things you can do before bringing it into the house:

  • Shake the tree down to get rid of dust mites
  • Hose down live trees with water to get rid of mold spores
  • Use a mask when going to the storage for ornaments and decor to protect yourself from dust

Spring Allergies

Trees begin to blossom, layers of clothing go into storage, and sunshine greets us in the early mornings again. What feels like a fresh start also triggers one of the biggest outdoor allergies – tree pollen! This infamous allergen is intensified by the spring breeze, as the wind carries the pollen through the air.

Cedar trees can release pollen as early as January if you’re living in the South, but most other people won’t feel its effects until February, with March and April being its peak thanks to trees such as willow, pine, and mulberry.

Other allergens such as grass and weed pollen can also trigger those unwanted allergy symptoms as early as March.

Summer Allergies

When summertime rolls around, everyone wants to enjoy it worry-free; in other words, without allergy flare-ups. The hot weather is perfect for swimming, camping, and entertaining outdoors, but the humidity also makes the environment prime for mold which can trigger allergies in general.

From July through early fall, many people may experience allergy symptoms related to fungus spores growing on grass, grains, or outdoor logs. Even further, many things are pollinating during the summer. The most common trigger this time of year is grass pollen.

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Mainstream Allergy Treatments

There are many ways to try to remedy unwanted allergies. The treatment you choose (or have recommended to you by a specialist) will depend on the type of allergy and the severity of said symptoms.

Mainstream treatments include:

  • Anti-histamines: Over-the-counter and prescription medications used to treat your overall allergy symptoms
  • Nasal sprays & decongestants: Topical nasal antihistamines used to treat allergy symptoms such as itchy and/or runny nose
  • Allergy shots: regular injections to stop or reduce allergy attacks

Let’s dive further into the cons of these treatments.

Since allergies are an immune response that produces “histamines,” antihistamines are medications that block the production of histamines in the body. While they are overall safe to use, they are very well known for making you feel tired, sleepy, fatigued, and can even cause a cloudy mind. So while they are effective, the side effects can negatively affect your day.

Nasal sprays, while also effective, have been known to cause a “rebound congestion” (6) when you stop taking the product. This is a sensation that makes you feel as though you need to continue taking it to get that clear passageway feeling.

Allergy shots are a long-term plan which requires you to speak to an allergist or immunologist.

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

If none of those sound like viable options for you, fortunately, there are many quick and easy ways to rid yourself of pesky allergy symptoms or ensure you never feel them at all. These include:

  • In the summer: Take a shower and wash your hair after working or playing outdoors.
  • In the spring and summer: Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
  • Wear protective clothing when mowing the lawn or gardening.
  • Keep indoor allergies at bay by vacuuming frequently using a machine with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
  • Stay in tune with the pollen forecasts and current pollen levels. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology has an allergen tracker. (7)
  • Use HEPA filters in the air heating and air conditioning of your house and keep them well-maintained.

You’ll also want to consider Beta Glucan, the best way to beat allergies naturally.

Beta Glucan for Natural Allergy Relief

This supplement uses beta-glucan to beat allergy symptoms in a holistic way. In fact, it’s been proven to reduce allergy symptoms caused by ragweed (8) (the biggest fall allergy) as well as cedar pollen (9) (a big spring culprit).

Beta glucan is a substance found in the fiber within the cell walls of yeast, bacteria, and other plants. Beta glucan helps support a healthy and robust immune system. And think about it: a strong immune system is going to be able to fight off allergic reactions on its own – without firing off histamines to do so (goodbye itchy eyes and runny nose!). Beta-glucan is safe for both children (10) and adults.

While there’s no one perfect cure for allergies, there are plenty of natural ways to keep allergy symptoms at bay from spring to summer to fall to winter.

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People who want proper support for their Immune System should use this product. People who simply want to maintain or regain their good health can benefit from this product as well.

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