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Spring Allergies, Pollen & Mold

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Published on Mar 26, 2014

Spring time means an end to the long winter season with warming temperatures and outdoor activities for many people. During this time of year, trees, plants and weeds also recognize the changing weather and begin to bloom. These burst of flowers are a welcome sign to many, but for millions of people it also means the beginning of sneezing, coughing and watery eyes.

These seasonal allergies are often caused by pollen and mold spores that are released into the air. When people who are allergic to these substances come into contact with them, their immune system releases antibodies that attack the allergens. Histamines are released into the body and trigger the allergic reactions so common to many people.

Both pollen and mold spores can travel great distances in the outdoor air. This can be especially true during windy spring days. These air quality contaminants can be a concern to both people enjoying the outdoor weather and even those indoors as the allergens can often enter buildings through open doors and windows, on people's clothes, and through the HVAC system where they may even accumulate.

There are simple tips to help spring allergy sufferers during this time of year. They include:
• Keeping doors and windows shut.
• Driving with car windows closed.
• Limiting time outdoors and possibly wearing a mask during outdoor activities.
• Avoiding drying clothes outdoors.
• Monitoring pollen and mold counts before heading outdoors.
• Showering and washing clothes after spending time outdoors.
• Utilizing high-efficiency air filters to remove airborne allergens.

For some people, these same airborne allergens can even trigger an asthma attack. Those who experience allergies all year long should also consider possible indoor allergens that they may be exposed to on a regular basis. Common indoor contaminants include mold, dust mites, pet dander, and insect and rodent allergens.

These are just a few things to know about spring allergies, to learn more about allergens or other indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, health and safety, or environmental issues, please visits the websites shown in the video.

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