While it’s true that there’s an increase in pollen during spring, summer, and even into early fall, it’s wrong to assume that pollen is the only allergic trigger, pop an antihistamine, and call it a day. Not only are you playing a guessing game with your body, but also you might be trying to treat symptoms without knowing what is causing them. That’s a no-no.
“But Allergy Insider, my allergy symptoms always act up during the spring, and Instagram influencers also complain about their spring allergies, so that MUST be what it is.” Maybe. Maybe not. Consider this: When you encounter multiple substances you’re allergic to at the same time, they can add up, and that’s when you’ll start experiencing symptoms.2,3 This is called the symptom threshold.
Think about your symptom threshold like the rim of an empty cup, and the different substances you’re allergic to as liquids. A splash of pollen, a shot of pet dander, a scoop of dust mites, and the next thing you know, your cup is overflowing and your face is exploding. But, if you can modify this cursed cocktail by reducing exposure to one or two of those allergens, your cup might not overflow, which may mean no itchy eyes, no sneezing, and no repeated trips to the store for more antihistamines.
Obviously, we can’t control nature (looking at you, Mr. Freeze). But there’s a lot we can do to reduce exposure to sneaky indoor allergens that are just as capable of causing the sniffles.