May 18th, 2021
Last updated: May 18th, 2021
Preparing for the Texas Allergy Season
More than 50 million Americans suffer through allergy season each year, but they don’t have to. Advancements in personalized health care have enabled forward-thinking providers to help patients avoid costly allergy meds and nasal sprays. Alternative treatments may be available to provide the immediate allergy relief people want.
If you live in Texas, that should be particularly good news. In most of the U.S., allergy season only occurs in the spring as plants kick off tiny pollen dust to irritate eyes, sinuses and cause nasal congestion. In Texas, however, allergies are so bad because of our blistering summer days and relatively mild winters allow for year-round plant growth (Simek, 2021). Put simply, plants can pollinate all year long.
Main Texas Allergy Seasons by Date
Right now, Texans who suffer with allergies likely are experiencing an onslaught of symptoms from increased tree pollen. As North Texas trees produce new leaves, they also create more pollen.
The warmer summer weather also increases pollen from various types of grass, including Orchard, Bahia, Bermuda and Johnson grass species. The sudden changes in Texas temperature, air pressure and wind patterns, only help to spread the pollen more and intensify allergic reactions. Here's a seasonal allergy calendar of what to expect in Texas:
March – May (Spring)
Trees: Ash, Birch, Cedar, Cottonwood, Elm, Maple, Mulberry, Oak, Pecan, Sycamore, Black Walnut Grasses: Bermuda, Kentucky Bluegrass, Meadow Fescue, Rye Weeds: Dock/Sorrel, Plantain
June – August (Summer)
Trees: Black Walnut Grasses: Bahia, Bermuda, Johnson, Kentucky Bluegrass, Meadow Fescue, Rye, Timothy Weeds: Careless/Pigweed, Cocklebur, Dock/Sorrel, Kochia, Lamb’s Quarters, Marshelder, Nettle, Plantain, Ragweed, Russian Thistle, Sagebrush, Scale
September – November (Fall)
Trees: Cedar/Juniper Grasses: Bermuda Weeds: Ragweed
December – February (Winter)
Trees: Cedar/Juniper Grasses: None Weeds: None
Common Types of Allergies Suffered in Texas
You are said to have allergies when your immune system makes antibodies identifying a particular allergen as bad, even though it isn’t. Pollen, pet dander, dust mites and other outdoor and indoor allergens can inflame your skin, sinuses and even digestive system (Buttram, 2021). A few of the common symptoms include:
Also known as allergic rhinitis. Hay fever describes the cold-like symptoms of a runny nose, itchy watery eyes (allergic conjunctivitis), congestion, sneezing, sinus pressure and fatigue.
These small noncancerous growths are typically found in the area where your sinuses open into the nasal cavity. Whenever too much mucus builds up in the sinuses, the nasal polyps can become infected.
While some people experience runny noses, watery eyes and sneezing fits, others breathe in their allergy triggers and develop asthma. Airways of their lungs become inflamed and swollen, leading to coughing, wheezing and other asthma symptoms. Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma (American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, 2021).
How You can Treat Allergies
Allergies now are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. Allergy medicine accounts for much of that cost, but it’s a short-term solution.
Instead, WellHealth’s board certified providers will conduct allergy testing to personalize an immunotherapy program for your immune system. As a new patient, you could leave with an allergy map specifying specific environmental triggers causing your allergy symptoms. Immune therapy can modify your antibodies so they do not see your common allergy triggers as bad, so you do no longer have to suffer from the allergic reaction.
If you’re suffering during this Texas allergy season, you don’t to suffer alone. WellHealth’s professionals are ready to offer you allergy relief.