Facts, Prevention, and Relief for Georgia Allergies

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Because Georgia is located in the South, it tends to have very mild winters. This means that seasonal allergy seasons are longer, and Georgia residents won’t have extended relief from allergies once winter hits. Of course, summer, spring, and fall allergies will be as bad as anywhere else in the country.

Even when Georgia residents get a brief break from seasonal allergies in winter, they’ll have to deal with common indoor allergies like dust and mold year-round. So what are Georgia’s seasonal allergies, and what can you do to prevent them or find relief from them?

Wyndly is one answer. You can get a personalized treatment plan to provide you with long-term relief from your allergies. Get your personalized allergy consultation from Wyndly today, or read on to learn more about Georgia’s allergy season.

When Is the Georgia Allergy Season?

Georgia’s mild winters mean that allergy season can begin as early as January. Residents may find some relief once December comes around, but that relief will be short-lived. We’ll look at each season and the most common allergies.

Allergens by Season

Georgia allergies are at their worst in summer, spring, and fall. These are the allergens that are most prominent for each season.

Summer

Summer marks the beginning of Georgia’s grass allergy season. Ryegrass and Bermuda and oat grasses are typically the main culprits. You can expect summer allergies to begin in May and peak in June.

Fall

Fall allergies can start pretty early in Georgia. Weeds are the primary cause of fall allergies, and their pollen can start hitting the Georgia air as early as July. The peak of the season is typically late August and September. Common weed allergies include ragweed, pigweed, and nettle.

Winter

Winters are brief and mild in Georgia. Those with grass and weed allergies may find some relief, but tree allergies can start their season as early as January. Even with fewer seasonal allergies, you still need to be wary of exposure to indoor allergens.

Spring

Spring allergies will be in full bloom around February, with pollen peaking in March and April. Tree allergens are the main contributors to symptoms here, with alder, elm, maple, juniper, and oak causing the most issues.

Common Allergens

Georgia has many of the same common allergens as the rest of the country. Tree, weed, and grass allergens cause the most allergy issues for residents.

Common Symptoms

Georgia residents can expect the following allergy symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Scratchy throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Hives
  • Aggravated asthma symptoms

As always, reactions will vary from person to person, but in general, allergies will cause one or more of these symptoms to occur.

Allergens Around the State

Allergens can vary based on what area of Georgia you live in. Let’s take a look at the most common seasonal allergies in some of the major Georgia towns and cities.

Atlanta/Athens

The Atlanta/Athens area experiences oak, cedar, hickory, and mulberry allergies in spring. Next comes Bermuda, fescue, and timothy grass allergies in the summer. Finally, fall brings weed allergies, with ragweed and amaranth.

Dalton

The Dalton area will be dealing with oak, hickory, walnut, maple, and ash allergies in spring. In summer, corn grass causes the most issues. When fall comes around, wormwood is the most common weed allergy.

Columbus/Macon/Augusta

The Columbus/Macon/Augusta area has oak, hickory, ash, cedar, and walnut allergies to contend with in spring. In summer, it’s corn grass allergy season. Fall brings weed season with ragweed allergies.

Savannah/Albany/Brunswick/Valdosta

The Savannah/Albany/Brunswick/Valdosta area has hickory, oak, and mulberry allergies in spring. Next, in summer, Bermuda and bent grass allergies make themselves known. In fall, ragweed, amaranth, and Russian thistle are the primary agitators.

Southeast Allergen Zone Map

Testing and Diagnosis

Seasonal allergies come from so many different airborne sources that it can be nearly impossible to figure out your specific allergen on your own. Luckily, there are solutions to find out what is causing your allergies. Wyndly delivers at-home, pain-free tests right to your door. Get your allergy test from Wyndly today.

Let’s examine how different allergy testing options work:

Old-Fashioned Method: Skin Prick Test at Your Doctor’s Office

Skin prick testing requires you to go to the doctor to find out your allergen triggers. It’s often uncomfortable, and it takes time out of your day. You’ll go to the doctor’s office, they’ll administer a test where they prick or scrape your skin with a needle tipped with different allergens, and then they’ll observe the areas they pricked for itchiness, redness, or swelling. All in all, it’s not a pleasant experience. Instead of dealing with this, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.

Modern and Efficient At-Home Method

  1. Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
  2. Take the allergy test and send it back to us. Just do a quick finger prick test to provide us with a blood sample and mail it back when you’re done.
  3. Receive your personal allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through a treatment plan.

Treatment and Remedies

Allergies can take a toll on your life. But you don’t have to just put up with the discomfort; there are various treatments you can try to manage and relieve symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of these options.

Limiting Exposure

It’s best to limit your exposure to your allergens as much as possible. While pollen allergies can be difficult to avoid completely, some methods can help keep your exposure low.

  • Check pollen count in the morning: When you get up in the morning, it’s a good idea to check the pollen count. If the pollen count is high, try to limit your outdoor time. Also, consider wearing sunglasses and a mask if you do need to go outside on days like these.
  • Vacuum often: Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter can help you reduce the pollen count in your home.
  • Use an A/C filter: Putting a HEPA filter on your A/C system is another good idea. This can keep pollen from circulating in your air system. Also, you should keep windows closed during allergy season.
  • Take shoes off: Make sure to take your shoes off when you come into the house so you don’t track in excess pollen.
  • Do laundry often: Pollen can stick to your clothes, so it’s a good idea to do your laundry frequently.
  • Shower when you get home: If you’ve been outdoors for an extended period, showering when you get home can get the pollen off you.

Medications

Limiting exposure is a great first step, but it often isn’t enough for most allergy sufferers. You may want to try over-the-counter allergy meds like antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and decongestants to help you manage your symptoms.

Sublingual Immunotherapy Allergy Drops

Antihistamine allergy medication can only help you manage symptoms for short-term relief. If you’re looking to treat the problem at the source, you may want to look into sublingual immunotherapy allergy drops. With allergy drops, your immune system learns to ignore allergy triggers over time, using small, gradually increasing doses of your allergen. Unlike allergy shots, allergy drops are a form of immunotherapy that is painless and doesn’t require a visit to the doctor.

Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly

When you’re looking to get long-term relief from your allergies, then you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Wyndly. Our doctors will design a treatment plan personalized for your allergies so you can finally find complete relief from your allergy symptoms.

Set up your allergy consultation today.

Georgia Allergy FAQs

Still have questions about Georgia allergies? Here are some common questions and answers to help you out.

How long is Georgia’s allergy season?

Georgia’s allergy season is longer than most, starting as early as January and going well into the cooler months.

Why is allergy season so bad in Georgia?

Georgia has a mild climate, allowing the allergy seasons to start earlier since winter doesn’t usually get too cold.

Is Georgia a good state if you have allergies?

Georgia isn’t a great state for allergy sufferers. You may have a longer allergy season than you would elsewhere.

When is the Georgia allergy season?

Allergy season can start in January and ends around late November.

What are the worst months?

The worst months are April for trees, May/June for grass, and September for weeds.

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