April showers bring May flowers. Those rains can also bring on springtime seasonal allergies. It is estimated that 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever.
Why is springtime such a peak season for allergies?
With the rain and moisture, there is also an increase in the mold, tree and grass pollens, dust mites, and animal dander. Tree pollens start in late March/early April, then decreases, while grass pollens increase in May/June. Weed pollens (e.g. ragweed) is usually later in the summer and early fall.
The allergy season can vary tremendously based on where you live, but for the most up-to-date information you can visit the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology website. Because of the warmer temperatures during the winter, trees and plants are blooming earlier.