Spring Sniffles – Are Allergies or Poor Indoor Air Quality to Blame?

April 20, 2016

Spring weather can bring on a host of allergy symptoms for those that suffer from seasonal outdoor allergies. The warmer weather produces a sharp increase in tree and grass pollen count levels. People suffering from outdoor allergies often begin exhibiting allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy watery eyes, a runny nose, itching of the ears or throat, and sinus pressure.

How can you determine whether your symptoms are caused by seasonal outdoor allergies or poor indoor air quality? This article will help you to better establish what may be triggering your symptoms and how you can address them.

It is especially difficult to determine what may be causing your young child to sniffle. School aged children often pick up cold viruses from other children at school and can experience a stuffy nose for prolonged periods. Their congestion may also be caused by seasonal outdoor allergies or poor air quality. The best way to find out what may be causing your child’s symptoms is to visit their pediatric physician and to have your home air tested for pollutants in order to rule this out as a cause.

For adults, you should keep track of when you start experiencing symptoms. Do you start sneezing after walking your dog or spending time outdoors? Or do you wake up in the morning congested? Seasonal allergies tend to spike during the months where pollen counts are high. An allergist can test you to determine which pollens you are allergic to so that you can avoid going outdoors when counts are high. They can also provide you with more information on the various types of allergy medications available to provide you with symptomatic relief.

If you notice that you are waking up in the morning feeling congested and find your symptoms flaring up while you are inside of your home or determine that you are suffering from symptoms year round, poor indoor air quality may be to blame. There are numerous airborne contaminants that may be triggering your respiratory symptoms. Quite often these symptoms are very similar to hayfever. Respiratory discomfort, congestion, sneezing, and sinus pressure may be caused by common chemical household pollutants, mold, or even formaldehyde seeping out from your flooring.

To test the quality of your home air, order a Home Air Test to obtain detailed results identifying the potential airborne threats triggering your symptoms.