Vermont is a northeastern state known for its foliage, maple syrup, and beautiful natural scenery. Unfortunately, all this beautiful nature does come at a cost. When allergy season shows up in Vermont, it can be pretty miserable for those with pollen allergies.
In general, the northeastern United States is known for its high pollen concentration, and Vermont is no exception. However, Vermont residents have options to manage and even treat their allergies.
Wyndly provides personalized allergy treatment plans for Vermont allergies. Sign up to get started on your journey to allergy relief. Schedule an allergy consultation today, or read on to learn more about Vermont’s allergy season.
When Is Vermont Allergy Season?
Vermont’s mild climates during the spring, summer, and fall make perfect conditions for pollen allergies. The winters do get very cold, and this provides residents with a break from seasonal allergies. Usually, allergy season will start again in early March and will last until the first hard freeze of winter.
Allergens by Season
Seasonal allergies are common in summer, spring, and fall. Let’s break down Vermont allergies by season.
In the summer, Vermont residents can expect grass allergies to cause the most issues. Grass allergy triggers in Vermont include ryegrass and timothy, bent, sweet vernal, orchard, fescue, and prairie grasses. This season will usually start in May and end by the beginning of August.
Fall is weed allergy season for Vermont, with ragweed, wormwood, orache, and amaranth being the common culprits. This season usually begins in mid-August and ends after winter’s first hard freeze.
Vermont residents can breathe easy in winter, with seasonal allergies coming to an end. However, indoor allergies can still be a problem during winter, so watch out for dust mites, mold, pet dander, and other indoor allergens.
Spring is one of the worst allergy seasons for Vermont residents, with the plethora of trees producing pollen from early March to late May. Some common tree allergies are caused by oak, birch, maple, hickory, ash, cedar, willow, and mulberry.
Residents of Vermont can expect trees, weeds, and grass to play a primary role in their seasonal allergy problems. Indoor allergens can also be present year-round and include pet dander, mold, and dust mites.
Vermont residents can expect the following allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
As always, reactions will vary from person to person, but in general, allergies will cause one or more of these symptoms.
Allergens Around the State
Vermont has different allergies based on what region you live in. Let’s take a look at some of the notable areas of Vermont and the allergies people often have there.
Spring tree allergies in the Stowe, Grand Isle, Franklin/Orleans, and Essex areas are often caused by willow, oak, maple, hickory, cedar, ash, and walnut. Summer grass allergens are bent, timothy, and fescue. Fall weed allergy triggers include wormwood, orache, and pondweed.
The Rutland, Windsor, Bennington, and Windham areas have spring tree allergies from oak, maple, ash, willow, privet, mulberry, and walnut trees. Summer grass allergy triggers include ryegrass and timothy, sweet vernal, orchard, and bent. Fall weed allergens include ragweed, wormwood, and amaranth.
The Washington, Caledonia, Addison, and Orange areas can expect spring tree allergies from hickory, ash, oak, maple, willow, mulberry, cedar, and walnut. Summer grass allergies may be from ryegrass and timothy, bent, fescue, and orchard. Fall weed allergens include ragweed, wormwood, orache, and amaranth.
Testing and Diagnosis
With the vast abundance of plant life in Vermont, finding the source of your allergies can be difficult at best. Even if you’re able to determine one type of pollen you’re allergic to, there may be others you’re unaware of — not to mention the ever-present indoor allergies. An allergy test can determine the cause of your symptoms. Wyndly makes allergy testing convenient by providing an at-home allergy test that gets delivered right to your door. Buy your at-home test to learn about your allergies.
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, and 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, you can save yourself time and pain by getting an at-home test.
Modern and Efficient At-Home Method
- Order Wyndly’s at-home allergy test. We ship our CLIA-certified test straight to your door.
- 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.
- Receive your personal allergy profile. Our doctor will interpret your results, create an allergy profile, and walk you through your personalized treatment plan.
Treatment and Remedies
Allergies can be tough to deal with, but they’re not something you just have to push through. There are various methods to manage and even treat your Vermont allergies. Let’s look at some of the options you can consider.
Limiting exposure is usually the first recommended course of action. If you have mild or infrequent allergy symptoms, this may be enough to solve your allergy troubles. While airborne pollen can be difficult to completely avoid, there are ways to keep your exposure to a minimum.
- Watch pollen levels: You can check the daily pollen count to see how high pollen levels are for the day. If it’s a high pollen count, try to stay indoors.
- Trim trees, mow the lawn, and pull weeds: By keeping tree branches trimmed, grass short, and your lawn free of weeds, you can reduce the pollen around your home.
- Keep a mask on: When you go outside, wearing a dust mask can help keep pollen from getting in your airways.
- Keep your house and yourself clean: Pollen is a very sticky substance, meaning it’s going to get in your home and on you and your clothes. Be sure to clean your house and do laundry frequently. Also, make sure to shower after being outdoors.
- Keep windows closed: Don’t give pollen an easy way into your home. Keep your windows closed and run your A/C during allergy season instead.
- Stick to evening outdoor time: Pollen is highest in the morning and afternoon. Evening hours will be the best time to go outside.
- Remove shoes: Make sure you don’t undo your cleaning efforts. Take your shoes off before coming inside so you don’t track pollen.
It’s generally a good idea to limit your exposure to allergens, but it doesn’t always provide the relief you need. If you need further relief from symptoms, allergy medications are the next step. Over-the-counter allergy medications can provide short-term relief for a variety of symptoms. Some common options you might try are antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and decongestants.
If you want true long-term relief from allergy symptoms, sublingual immunotherapy is the solution. This form of immunotherapy is an allergy treatment rather than a way to temporarily manage symptoms. With sublingual immunotherapy, your immune system is taught to ignore allergens instead of triggering an allergic reaction. This is done through small, gradually increasing doses of an allergen in the form of drops or tablets. These drops are taken under the tongue, unlike allergy shots, which require needles and visits to the doctor. Sublingual immunotherapy can be taken in the comfort of your home.
Get Long-Term Relief With Wyndly
If you’re sick of putting up with Vermont allergies every year, choose Wyndly. Schedule an allergy consultation with our doctors so we can find your personalized treatment plan for lifelong relief.
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Vermont Allergy FAQs
We have answers to some frequently asked questions about Vermont allergies.
How long is Vermont’s allergy season?
Vermont has a typical allergy season from spring to fall.
Is allergy season bad in Vermont?
Vermont has a high concentration of tree pollen due to the heavily forested nature of the state.
Is Vermont a good state if you have allergies?
As with many northeastern states, Vermont is not the ideal place for seasonal allergy sufferers.
When is Vermont allergy season?
Vermont allergy season begins in March and ends after winter’s first hard freeze.
What are the worst months?
The worst months are April, May, and September.