Spring allergy season is upon is and if you’re experiencing itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing, you may assume that spring pollen is solely to blame. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, however, mold may also be to blame. At least 66% of people with spring allergies actually have symptoms all year round. There’s such as strong association with spring and allergies that people’s awareness of the symptoms may increase in spring more than other times of the year.

If you’re considered about exposure to and allergy symptoms from mold, monitor pollen and mold counts on your local weather report. Spores tend to be most active in the afternoon. If possible, stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed during that time. After spending time outside, wash at least your face and change clothes when you get home. Ideally, take a shower and wash your hair as well.

When doing outdoor activities that is likely to put you in contact with spores, such as mowing the lawn, wear a filter mask to prevent irritants from entering your airway. There are also over-the-counter medications that can help to keep allergy symptoms at bay. If you suffer from severe allergies, consider speaking with your doctor about alternatives to overt-the-counter medications, such as allergy injections that will help your body to build up a tolerance.

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