The Top 3 Allergens in Raleigh, NC

The Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill area ranks a dismaying No. 31 in the nation for allergy afflictions. Charlotte is even worse—No. 3. The Allergy Foundation of America that analyzes America’s 100 largest metropolitan areas by pollen levels, allergy medicines sold per capita and allergists per patient bases this evaluation on an annual study.Area residents are beset by three major allergens, but are not helpless before them.

Heat and light are connected to the release of pollen, the first allergen. When warming occurs, tree pollination begins, stimulating immune systems. For that reason the warmer South, with its longer growing season suffers from a longer allergy one as well. Consider: pollen startup in April running on toragweed in August.

Pollen generators common to North Carolina include oak and birch trees and certain early growing grasses. Symptoms familiar to residents of the lands of the long pine that affect ears, eyes, throat, skin or the GI tract include swelling, itching, leaking eyes, breathing difficulties, hives, runny nose and nasal discharge.

To protect themselves against pollen attack residents should remain indoors as much as practical and enjoy the outdoors shortly after a period of rain. After outdoor activity, remove clothing to avoid spreading pollen inside. If pets cannot be allowed to stay outdoors, brush them. Access the media to check the pollen count and plan household ventilation accordingly. Vacuum with a machine that uses a HEPA filter.

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on organic material. Molds too cause allergies and breathing problems. Some generate mycotoxins, poisons that cause sickness.

Battle mold by closing windows before nightfall and cranking up the humidifier. Outdoor doings involving plants, compost or the lawn mower call for a mask. Downpours spur mold growth. Stay inside even after the umbrellas come down.

Mites are hard to see. First, they are nearly translucent. Second, a long one measures .012 inches long. Mite excrement is the primary cause of allergic wheezing. The average industrious mite, over its 10-week career generates 20,000 bits of feces and a great many more enzyme-smeared dust particles. Mites love indoor living and are fond of sharing pillows and kitchen space.

Mite resistance requires washing bedding in scalding water—130 degrees Fahrenheit or above, using allergen-resistant covers on all bedding items and washing stuffed toys. Get that vacuum cleaner going on a regular basis.

If preventive measures have failed and you or family members are afflicted with respiratory illnesses, You may need to consult with a sinus doctor in Raleigh for knowing more information here at this website.


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