"Spring allergies, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, are a common allergic reaction that many people experience here in Central Texas," says Colleen S. Adkins, MD, Allergy and Asthma at ARC Four Points, ARC Medical Plaza Specialty, and ARC Round Rock.
Common spring allergens in Central Texas
Central Texas is known for its high allergy count, particularly during the spring season when many allergens are in full bloom. Here are some common allergens that affect the Central Texas area during spring:
- Pollen — Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds is one of the most common allergens in Central Texas during the spring season. Some of the most prevalent pollen-producing plants in the area include oak, cedar, pecan, and grasses like Bermuda and Johnson.
- Mold — Mold spores thrive in damp environments and can cause allergic reactions when inhaled. In Central Texas, mold spores are particularly common in areas with high humidity, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.
- Dust mites — Dust mites are tiny creatures that live in mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture. They thrive in warm, humid environments, making Central Texas a prime location for their growth.
- Insects — Insects like bees, wasps, and fire ants are common in Central Texas during the spring season. For people with insect allergies, a sting or bite can cause severe allergic reactions.
- Pet dander — Many people in Central Texas own pets, but pet dander can be a significant allergen for some individuals. During the spring, pets may shed more than usual, which can worsen allergy symptoms.
What other allergens show up in Central Texas throughout the year?
If you've lived in Central Texas for any length of time, you are familiar with other seasonal allergies that affect us. Want to know what's making you sneeze? Check out our seasonal allergy calendar.
How to minimize seasonal allergy symptoms
There are several things you can do to help reduce your symptoms. Here are some tips:
- Avoid allergens.
- Keep your home clean.
- Take medications.
- Wear protective gear.
"If you have any concerns about your allergies or are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, consult your doctor," says Dr. Adkins. "They can help you determine the best course of treatment."
Make an appointment today
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms in Central Texas during the spring season, it's important to talk to your doctor about the best ways to manage your symptoms. They may recommend allergy testing and prescribe medications such as allergy shots or allergy drops to help alleviate your symptoms. Call the ARC Clinic most convenient to you for an appointment with an ARC Allergist to help alleviate Central Texas allergies.