METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
Allergies is a problem many people will face in the course of a lifetime. Allergies can feel like a cold
that will not go away. Certain times of the year tend to be worse than others. Allergy medication is
one of the most bought over-the-counter and prescription medication. There is certainly a relationship
between weather / climate and allergies. This essay will focus on this relationship and additional
information for how to reduce allergy problems.
The first relationship that will be discussed is climate. Many of the allergens are emitted from plant life, thus
a place with thick and abundant vegetation will have more allergens emitted into the air. It is the moist
climates with a variety of allergen producing plants that give people the most trouble. Dry climate areas
such as arid and semi-arid regions with only scattered vegetation do not have as much as on allergy problem
for many people. Cold dry climates have the least allergens while warm moist climates have the most.
The weather has an influence on allergens. Rain can cleanse the air of allergens but the cleansing tends
to not last long because the rain promotes more plant growth and thus more allergen release into the air. A drought
or dry weather for an extended period of time can reduce allergens since plants are not growing
as abundantly. Wind is good at stirring up allergens. Moving the lawn can stir up allergens. For people with
allergy problems it is a good idea to stay inside on high allergen days and run an air purifier.
Medication for allergies is a huge industry. Here is some advice for how to handle helping your
1. When you feel like you have a cold and it keep reoccurring, find out from your doctor if it could
be allergies that are causing the problem. Many people think they have a cold and end up taking
antibiotics or other medication that does nothing to help the problem.
2. Keep in the mind the type of year you get the symptoms. Different people are susceptible to different
types of allergens and there are certain times of the year specific allergens tend to be in the air the
most. Once you determine the specific allergens or at least the time of the year you usually
get symptoms, you and your doctor can discuss the time of the year it is most beneficial to take
3. Try to take allergy medication that has limited side-effects. Some medications have significant side-effects
such as tiredness. Talk to your doctor about the side-effects of certain medications.
4. Consider buying an air purifier. They can significantly reduce the allergens in the air.
5. Carpet and certain materials are notorious for storing and releasing allergens. Consider wood
floors instead of carpet if there is a serious allergy problem in the home.
6. There is a link between allergies and the immune system. Talk with your doctor about what you can do
to keep your immune system strong. Staying away from excessive alcohol drinks and other harmful
substances is one way to keep the immune system strong. Allergy problems can be outgrown or they can
get more serious year to year. You never can tell what the trend will be. Just do your best to
reduce the problem before and when it comes.
In conclusion, allergies is a problem faced by a significant part of the population. Fortunately, there are
ways at reducing the problems that allergies cause.