What’s in the air?

People always ask, “my nose is running and I’m sneezing, what’s in the air?” The answer depends on where you live. Up north, the middle of August is the start of ragweed season, lasting until the first frost in the fall. Down here, we have ragweed as well, just not the high seasonal peak, but also other weeds, grasses, and the ever-present mold spores. And without a frost, we have most of these pollens year-round. Our only true seasonal allergen in Florida is tree pollen, mainly oak tree, that has an intense pollination period from February to April.

Keep in mind, we spend most of our time indoors, so don’t forget about the possible allergy culprits lurking within.  The most common is dust mites, the microscopic critters that litter our bedding, carpets, upholstered furniture, drapes, and numerous other hiding places. Animals at home, friends’ houses, and even at work/school transported there on the clothing of pet owners, is the next most common indoor allergen. Finally, mold loves the high humidity of Florida, so all of our homes have some mold somewhere.