Spring allergy season is upon us and the pollen from the trees is abundant. According to the Asthmas and Allergy Foundation of America, in 2021, about 81 million people in the US suffered from seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, a reaction to pollen from trees, grasses and weeds.
So, what should you expect for allergy season in Milwaukee and Wisconsin? Here’s a quick seasonal allergy guide.
How Bad Will Allergies Be in Milwaukee Over Memorial Day Weekend?
Well, if you have seasonal pollen allergies, especially tree pollen, you may want to limit your time outside. In fact, tree pollen has probably been affecting you for weeks this spring, and while it will only be “moderate” Friday and Saturday in Milwaukee, it will get worse after that.
From Sunday through Wednesday, May 31, tree pollen is labeled “extremely high,” according to Accuweather.
However, pollen levels have improved from earlier in the month when they were highest due to global warming and trees and plants starting to bloom.
What is the forecast for June for allergies in Wisconsin?
Grass pollen allergies are common across the country, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. And there can be overlap between tree and grass pollen allergies, making late spring extra difficult for those who suffer. But clumps of grass also vary by region and will usually pick up in June in Wisconsin. Grass pollen is transported through the air and you breathe it in. Grass pollen will fall into the “moderate” category through the end of the month, according to Accuweather.
In northern states such as Wisconsin, Timothy, Kentucky Blue, Johnson, Rye, and Fescue are the most common forms of grasses. All of these can cause grass allergies.
What Are the Symptoms of Grass Allergies?
They include runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing, asthma, itchy and watery/red eyes.
And while not as common, rashes can also occur in humans, says the AAAAI site.
What’s Next After Grasses for Pollen Allergies in Wisconsin?
Ragweed season is later in the summer and early fall.
What should I do if I have a severe pollen allergy?
Keep an eye on your pollen counts if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
According to YOUR Health:
If levels are high, keep your windows closed and change clothes after entering. Staying indoors can also help in high season.
Also, do not hang sheets or clothes to dry outside. Keeping your lawn trimmed can also help with grass allergies and taking your shoes off when you enter.
If your symptoms persist, you can also call an allergist.
What is the Mold Allergy Report in Milwaukee?
Mold allergies are caused when you inhale mold spores or other molds, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can cause coughing, itchy eyes and shortness of breath.
Mold allergy can occur both indoors and outdoors. Mold allergies are currently low in Milwaukee.
What should I do if I have severe mold allergies?
To limit mold growth in your home, remove sources of moisture in basements and use a dehumidifier and make sure bathrooms are well ventilated, among other tips, the Mayo Clinic says.
More: Spring allergy season is upon us. What steps can you take?
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