Think Your Allergies are Worse this Year? You’re Right.

After the brutal winter, we had this year in Iowa, I know I’m thrilled to see the arrival of spring. So are many of my clients—except those who are suffering from a variety of issues brought on by seasonal allergies.

Runny nose and nasal congestion. Itchy and watery eyes. Sneezing and postnasal drip.

Does that sound like you?

Some people are suffering for the first time. Others tell me this is the worst they have ever experienced. So what gives?

In a word: Pollen. In early spring, you can blame tree pollen. Grass pollen is more common in late spring and early summer. Then there’s ragweed pollen in the fall.

While some can weather the pollen storm, others aren’t so fortunate. Their allergy symptoms aren’t just irritating. They can also be debilitating, resulting in less energy and productivity, missed work and school, and poor sleep. They can also lead to serious issues, such as worsened asthma, sinusitis, and ear infections (the latter especially in children).

Blame Climate Change

Climate change, researchers say, is playing a role in increased pollen levels. Plants grow more vigorously and produce more pollen when exposed to warmer temperatures and high levels of CO2. The combined effect means the amount of pollen in the air has been increasing and will continue to do so as climate change worsens. According to a study by allergist Leonard Bielory, M.D., pollen counts are expected to more than double by 2040.

April Showers Bring May … Mold

With spring also comes rain and flooding, creating a perfect environment for mold spores to grow in areas with very little sunshine. They pollinate the air from standing water, rain, and rivers. Because they’re invisible and easily inhaled without you even knowing it, mold, fungus and pollen can get into your sinuses, throat, and gastrointestinal tract. With regular exposure, the buildup of these toxins can contribute to a variety of symptoms. Constant exposure can overload the system and wear down the immune system over time.

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How to Control Seasonal Allergies

So what can you do? My blog, 8 Natural Ways to Control Seasonal Allergies contains useful tips. I also invite you to make an appointment with me so I can evaluate your issues and work with you to find solutions. Email me at or call me at 319-631-0824.

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