Allergies can plague people with stuffy noses, hoarse coughs, and red, scratchy, watery eyes any time of the year. As seasons change, trees start pollinating, and flowers bloom, seasonal allergens can fill the air. They vary by region throughout the United States, so you could actually feel fine in one part of the country and then have an allergy flare-up when visiting another part.
One of the most common outdoor allergens is tree pollen, which is released when trees start to awaken from their winter slumber and grow new leaves. This process begins at different times of the year; here’s a snapshot of allergy seasons around the U.S.:
- In Southeastern states, which have naturally warm climates, tree pollen season can begin before the official start of spring. As summer nears, grass pollen fills the air, and in autumn, ragweed takes over.
- South Central and Southwestern states follow a similar allergy season timeline, with a few odd surprises, like mountain cedar, which pollinates during winter!
- In the Northeast and Midwest, you’ll have a shorter window to encounter allergy problems because the cooler climate delays the onset of tree and grass allergens. Oddly, though, this also means that ragweed could begin raging in August. The shorter allergen season could be great for your spring and fall travel plans, but if you visit these areas during the height of allergy season, you’ll want to be prepared if local allergies begin to affect you. And remember that you can reach Teladoc 24/7 wherever you are in the country!
- Out west, allergy season is on a completely different schedule. Pollen outbreaks in the warmest areas — the Southwest — can last year-round, and some trees don’t go completely dormant. In the Mountain region, tree pollen can bloom in March, and then ragweed can come out in June, which mixes with the allergens already in the air! This double-whammy could be especially hard on hay fever sufferers.
- While the Pacific Northwest is a much wetter climate, it can’t slip away from allergy season either. Thousands of trees that thrive in the rain can begin pollinating as early as January!
At the first sign of symptoms while traveling, just contact Teladoc. (Helpful tip: download our mobile app before you leave home.) Our board-certified doctors can diagnose your condition — even if you can’t tell whether you have allergies or a cold — recommend treatment options, and even prescribe medication if medically necessary. You can also find a pharmacy with our mobile app. No matter where you are in the U.S., you’re covered with Teladoc!
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