Does Rain Make Allergy Symptoms Better or Worse?

AENT Team

April 3, 2024

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Ah, the sweet smell of rain in Texas. For some, rain brings relief from allergies, but for others, it can exacerbate symptoms. So, what’s the truth behind rainy days and allergies? Let us separate fact from fiction for you.

Rainfall can have both positive and negative effects on allergy sufferers, depending on various factors such as the type of allergen, the individual’s sensitivity and even the intensity and duration of the rain.

One common belief is that rain helps to wash away allergens from the air, providing temporary relief for allergy sufferers. Imagine the raindrops acting like tiny cleansing agents, purifying the air of pesky pollen grains and other allergens.

But hold your umbrellas, folks, because it’s not always that simple. While rain can indeed temporarily reduce the concentration of airborne allergens like pollen, it can also lead to an increase in mold growth. Mold thrives in damp environments, and rainy weather provides the perfect breeding ground for these sneaky spores.

So, if you’re allergic to mold, you might find that rainy days actually worsen your symptoms. Mold spores can be released into the air when the rain disturbs outdoor mold colonies or when moisture seeps into indoor spaces, such as basements and bathrooms, promoting mold growth indoors.

But here’s where it gets complicated. In Texas where rain is a relatively rare occurrence, it often brings with it high winds. Wind can stir up allergens like pollen and dust, making allergy symptoms worse.

Unfortunately, the answer to whether or not rain relieves allergy symptoms isn’t quite cut and dry. So, if you find that your symptoms are persistent despite the weather, it might be time to consider getting tested for allergies.

AENT can test for your specific allergens, and sometimes return your results in as little as 24 hours. Whether you suffer from exposure to pollen from grasses and trees, dust mites hiding in your pillows or mold lurking in your bathroom, our allergists can develop a plan to meet your needs.

Schedule a consultation today! We’ll get you in for a test, rain or shine!

This entry was posted in Allergy, Allergy Treatment on April 3, 2024 by AENT Team.

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