Allergy season is in full bloom here in Springfield, Mo, and though I lived here a long time ago, I had forgotten what having allergies is like! I woke up one morning to find that about 60% of my body was covered in a rash. The culprit? Contact dermatitis.
While it has been annoying it hasn’t been too painful, aside from the mild itchiness and general inconvenience it causes during swimsuit season. That being said, I haven’t had any sort of reaction on this scale since I had chicken pox as a child. So what are the kinds of allergens native to Springfield, and more importantly, what are some holistic approaches a person can take if they do have allergies?
Different Kinds of Allergens in Springfield, Mo
While there are many kinds of allergies ranging from food and drug allergies to latex and pet allergies, the kind that we are referring to are those found in and around our little city. If you visit the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, you will find that the main allergens they have listed are
- Trees and
For the moment, the highest count is mold as of May 27th, 2016. And with all the intermittent rain, sunshine and humidity, it is no wonder! Lucky for me, my little flare up had nothing to do with mold. I must have grown a tolerance to it living in the tropics in SE Asia. Mold was a constant presence and it as impossible to escape!
Regardless of what you or your family members are allergic to, there are several preventative measures that can support you in minimizing your allergies. Keep in mind that the best source of information to seek would be from a licensed medical professional, a medical doctor or an allergist. Below are merely suggestions.
Mold is a kind of fungus that can grow anywhere that is moist, including within your own home. Bathrooms, kitchens, basements and laundry rooms are usually the culprits, and the symptoms of mold include:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Irritated eyes
- Itchy / scratchy throat
Some of the ways you can participate in mold prevention include investing in a humidifier, ensuring that moisture is wiped up fast, such as spills and standing water and turning on an exhaust fan in bathrooms and basements. Additionally, keeping gutters clear can also support you in preventing mold, just be sure to wear a mask!
If you do have a mold allergy, an article by Livestrong.com suggests cutting out foods that are fermented or moldy, such as cheeses, red wine, mushrooms, and yeast.
Grass, Weed and Tree Allergies
Grass allergies, or pollen, is a very widespread form of allergy that many people suffer from. Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Watery Eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy throat
- Hoarse voice
As far as prevention goes, pollen is typically highest during the morning hours on a dry and warm so keeping your windows shut in your car or home will help and keeping it off your clothes and laundry is also a great preventative measure. Wearing a face mask and sunglasses will also help you during those days where the pollen count is especially high.
In summary, having allergies isn’t always enjoyable, but it shouldn’t deter us from having fun in the sun in the Ozarks! With so many fun things to do right outside Springfield, like camping and river floats, allergies should not dictate when and how to spend your summer.
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