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My allergy symptoms seem to be the worst in rainy weather and I don’t understand why
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My allergy symptoms seem to be the worst in rainy weather and I don’t understand why

2012-07-16

By Dr. John Weisnagel

The first thing that comes to mind is to ask what your allergies are.  As with most people, when they refer to their allergy symptoms, they refer to ‘hay fever’ type symptoms – sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes and nose, and probably cough – occurring in the warm months from spring to fall, and caused by allergy to the different pollens, tree pollen in the spring, grass pollen in June and July, and ragweed in late summer.  (Seasonal Allergies)

Rainy weather tends to reduce the pollen count and pollen allergy sufferers usually will feel better. So, if one seems worse when it rains, an additional allergy to molds could be the reason; molds are more prevalent in damp rainy weather, from spring to fall. Humidity in itself is associated with hot weather and high pollen counts. On the other hand, rain will make the grass grow and will be followed by an increase in concentration of pollen.

If your allergy is an array of similar symptoms that occur all year round, rainy seasons could be very difficult because of associated prevalence of upper respiratory infections, whatever the causes of the ‘allergy’.

The views expressed are solely those of the author based on his knowledge and expertise and do not necessarily represent the views of the manufacturer.

If you think you are experiencing allergy symptoms, please consult your healthcare professional for a definitive diagnosis.

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