Texas is a truly great place. People can visit countless waterparks and amusement parks, including Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, see breathtaking caverns in Austin, touch the spices of Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley and more, depending on the season. Unfortunately, the vast trails, tales and experiences of Texas come at a cost to your sinuses, seasonal allergies (rhinitis), and Aubrey Pharmacy wants to help reduce your suffering by spreading awareness about why rhinitis is so prevalent.
Plenty of Allergy-Inducing Plants Exist in Texas.
From phlegm to itchy, watery eyes, the culprits of rhinitis are plentiful in the Long Star State, reports D Magazine. Allergens, like cedar pollen, juniper and pine, mold, ash, pecan and ragweed contribute to sudden increases in allergen levels in early spring. Additional sources of allergens include Johnson Grass, Lambsquarters and Giant Ragweed. According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas stands at the seventh place for cities with the worst allergy seasons.
Texans Reel from Allergies Even in Winter.
Most people associate winter with a drop-in allergen levels. However, Texas falls in the unique category of containing plants that bloom through all seasons, resulting in higher pollen counts. December through February is pollination season for cedar, and paired with increasing temperatures across the state, plants and trees can bloom earlier and for longer periods. As a result, allergen rise even faster.
Precipitation and Humidity, or Lack Thereof, Play a Vital Role.
Higher precipitation can lead to plants producing spores and pollen earlier, but even in periods of drought, plants may continue to bloom. This is due to the survival instinct in plant-life. If they are going to die, they must reproduce. Although much of the western part of Texas is in a drought, the winds stir up existing pollen and allergens, carrying them across the state and aggravating the nasal passages of millions. In periods of higher-than-average precipitation, mold levels increase.
Newcomers to Texas May Not Realize They’re Suffering from Allergies.
This a common problem for people moving to the Lone Star State. In other parts of the country, seasonal allergens may be at minimal levels. Even in areas where mild allergens exist, people may not exhibit symptoms. However, the striking levels of allergens in Texas are enough to trigger seasonal rhinitis in people who have never exhibited symptoms before.