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High Pollen Count: When Is Allergy Season in New York?
As someone who suffers from allergies, I know how important it is to be prepared for allergy season. Here in New York, the pollen count can start to rise as early as February and peak in May or June. But exactly when is allergy season in New York?
Well, that depends on what you're allergic to. If you're allergic to tree pollen, then your allergy season will probably start in the springtime when the trees begin to bloom. If you're allergic to grass pollen, then your allergy season will likely start a little later in the summertime. And if you're allergic to ragweed pollen, then your allergy season could last from late summer until fall!
No matter what kind of allergies you have, though, one thing is for sure: living in New York City during allergy season can be tough. Luckily there are plenty of great places indoors where we can escape the allergens. So if you suffer from allergies like me, make sure to stock up on tissues and antihistamines now - because before we know it, those pesky pollens will be back again!
When is Allergy Season in New York?
Allergy season generally refers to the time of year when pollen levels are highest. For many people, this is in the spring months. So when is allergy season in New York?
It is important to note that there is no one single allergy season that applies to all people with allergies. It depends on what you are allergic to and where you live.
Seasonal allergies are a common problem for many people. If you're sensitive to a particular allergen, your symptoms may be more severe during a certain season.
Here’s a handy guide that breaks down when you can expect to come in contact with different common allergies.
Allergens aren't as big of a problem during the winter because you spend less time outside.
You can reduce the amount of dust, pollen, and other outdoor irritants that enter your house by keeping your indoor air clean. Keep your home’s relative humidity below 40%, and wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets frequently.
You should also vacuum and dust often, and use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filter.
Cold urticaria is a condition where the skin breaks out in hives or welts after exposure to cold temperatures. It can happen after contact with cold objects, air, water, or even after eating cold foods.
Cold urticaria can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it is usually not a serious condition.
Tree and grass allergies may flare up in March.
People with allergies may experience symptoms from pollen from alder, maple, hickory, elm, and walnut trees, among others. Cedar trees also pollinate in the winter months (December through March).
Trees release the same types of allergens that trigger "seasonal" or "outdoor" allergies, such as hay fever.
As pollen season begins, make sure to have your favorite pollen tracker app downloaded onto your phone. By knowing the daily pollen count, you can better plan your activities to reduce exposure to allergens.
For example, exercising outdoors when the pollen count is low can help minimize symptoms.
Many trees, grasses, and weeds produce high levels of pollen in April, which can cause seasonal allergies and leave people feeling miserable.
If you have a pollen allergy, make sure to schedule an appointment with your allergist and stock up on medications before April.
This can be tough for people with seasonal allergies, but there are ways to manage it and feel better.
Make sure to keep your windows shut if you don't want airborne allergens coming into your house.
This month, you will begin to notice more bugs so be careful if you are allergic.
Bermuda, oat, and ryegrass are at their peak of production, and this can vary with temperature and rain.
If you haven’t been affected by hay fever so far, you’ll probably be affected during June.
As the weather gets warmer, you'll likely want to spend more of your day outdoors. Check your local weather report to see if your allergies will be acting up.
You can prevent allergies from affecting you by taking off shoes when you enter your home and showering before you go to bed.
The month of July usually means that the grass and tree pollen levels go down, while the weed pollen levels may still be high and the fungus and mold spores start to show up.
You should check for mold in your bathroom and your basement and any accumulated moisture and leaky pipes.
You may begin to see an increase in mold due to the hot, humid weather.
As August approaches, it’s important to take measures to avoid exposure to the pesky allergen, ragweed. This plant is found up to 400 miles away from land, so it’s best to take your medication and limit your outdoor time.
In September, weed pollens continue to be a problem for allergy sufferers. However, ragweed will reach its peak in the middle of the month.
A lone ragweed flower can release up to 1 billion tiny, lightweight seeds into the air.
You might get some relief from your fall allergy symptoms during October, but there are still allergens hanging around. However, increased rainfall can cause a growth in the production of mold spores.
November is a great month for people with outdoor allergies! The pollen levels decline during this month, so it's the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors!
As the weather cools down, you'll spend a lot more time indoors and will have to put up with things like dust and animal hair.
Indoor allergies can be a concern during the winter months. Keep your home clean and free of dust to help reduce symptoms.
If you're sensitive to dust, you may be more affected by your allergies during December, when the seasonal decor is pulled out from storage and dusted off. And if you're sensitive to the allergens in molds, you may want to think twice about bringing a "live" tree into your home—there may be pollen on the needles.
If you suffer from allergies, it's important to be prepared for allergy season. The first step is to get tested so you know what you're allergic to. Once you know your triggers, you can reduce or avoid exposure no matter what time of year it is.
Spring Allergy Season in New York City
If you're already experiencing allergy symptoms, it's likely because you're allergic to something. Sneezing is often one of the first signs of an allergic reaction.
People who suffer from allergies may experience a variety of symptoms, including a runny nose, congestion, skin rash, wheezing, coughing, and itchy, watery eyes.
Spring pollen peaks near Mother's Day, so if you're allergic to pollen, be extra careful during that time. The spring allergies usually taper off by early June.
Pollen levels in New York City have been moderate so far this allergy season, with maple and elm trees being the primary sources of allergies. Juniper bushes are also contributing to the pollen count.
The spring allergy season in New York City is a time when many people suffer from allergies. The pollen count is at its highest in May, but the allergies usually start to fade in early June.
As our climate changes, we’re seeing the seasons change. Our area’s growing period is now about 3 weeks longer on average than it was before.
If you're looking for ways to reduce the impact of pollen this spring, consider wearing a mask.
Don't let the beauty of springtime deceive you - those blossoming cherry and apple trees are actually contributing very little pollen to the air. Allergy sufferers should be aware that it's primarily maple and oak trees that are irritating this time of year.
Although roses, tulips, and daffodils are common spring flowers, they aren't major sources of pollen. So go ahead and stop to smell the flowers!
So there you have it - a brief overview of when is allergy season in New York City. No matter what kind of allergies you have, make sure to be prepared and stock up on tissues and antihistamines. And if all else fails, remember that there are plenty of great indoor places to escape the allergens!