How Changes in the Weather Are Impacting Your Allergies

Dec 13, 2023

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Itching. Sneezing. Watering eyes. Are you part of the 25% of Americans who experience seasonal allergies? Weather changes are one of the most common ways certain allergens are triggered, and here we explain why.

Itching. Sneezing. Watery eyes. Do your allergies tend to get worse as the weather changes?

If yes, you might be part of the 25% of adults who have seasonal allergies. Weather changes are one of the most common ways certain allergens are triggered. 

Copperfield Family Clinic, serving the people of Conroe, Texas, is here to tell you how the weather impacts your allergies and why you should undergo allergy testing to put an end to your suffering.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when your body reacts to certain substances in the environment that are usually harmless to most people. These substances are called “allergens” and are found in everyday life. 

Common allergens are found in:

  • Pets
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Foods
  • Medications
  • Mold

The symptoms of allergies range from mild to severe. Mild allergies may include symptoms like a rash, sneezing, or congestion. The most severe type of allergy can cause anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. 

How changes in the weather impact your allergies

You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “allergy season.” In Texas, the worst months for allergies are January and from March through May. 

During these months, certain weather patterns trigger allergy symptoms for many people. But the link between your symptoms and the weather depends on what you are allergic to. Here are some of the common links between weather changes and allergies:

Cold temperatures

January is the coldest month in Texas and can be a challenging time for people who have allergies to mold, dust mites, and animal dander. 

During January, you’re more likely to spend time indoors, increasing your exposure to indoor allergens that may result in sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Colder temperatures can also exacerbate respiratory symptoms like runny nose and congestion.

Rainy, humid days

Spring brings rainy humid days in Texas, often from March through May. These days may be great for your lawn, but bad for allergies. Humid temperatures provoke mold growth in your house — both inside and outside. 

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that 10% of Americans are allergic to mold. Another common allergen, the dust mite, is no stranger to rainy, humid days. That’s because unlike us, dust mites absorb water through air and thrive off this type of climate. 

Dry, windy days

More than 25 million Americans are allergic to pollen — a powdery substance produced by most types of flowers. On dry windy days, pollen and other allergens are blown into the air, causing hay fever in many individuals. If you’re allergic to pollen, you might want to shut the windows on a windy day and stay inside to avoid irritants.

Hot summer days

Hot summer days mean air pollution is at its worst. Ozone and smog are serious irritants for people with allergic asthma. If this sounds like you, it’s best to stay indoors on hot, summer days.

Allergies can affect you at any time without warning. That’s why it's important to undergo allergy testing so you can minimize your exposure to allergens.

What to expect during an allergy test

Allergies can affect you in any season. More than 50 million Americans are affected by allergies making it one of the leading causes of long-term illness.

If you’re affected by an allergy, allergy testing is a crucial part of improving your well-being. Regina Ottan-Obi, FNP, DNP performs skin allergy tests in adults and children to help them find relief. 

The gold standard of allergy testing is a skin test. During a skin test, Dr. Ottan-Obi places small drops of 10-50 allergens on your skin and then lightly scratches or pricks your skin. If a small bump occurs after 15-20 minutes, this indicates you are allergic to one of the exposed allergens. 

While an allergy test may sound unpleasant, most patients don’t experience pain, but rather a mild, momentary discomfort. The whole process generally takes less than 30 minutes, so it will be over and done with before you know it. Dr. Ottan-Obi then reviews your test results and can develop a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle.

Treatment may include:

  • Decongestants
  • Epinephrine (Epi-Pen)
  • Corticosteroid creams
  • Mast cell stabilizers
  • Antihistamines
  • Immunotherapy

Don’t let your allergies get the best of you this year. Schedule an allergy test with us today by calling 281-789-6477 or book online.