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Thrive Through The New Orleans Allergy Season

See a Seasonal Allergy Specialist
in New Orleans

Dr. Reena Mehta is a board-certified seasonal allergy specialist in New Orleans that can help you and your children thrive through the New Orleans allergy season.

Dr. Mehta is my favorite allergist I’ve ever seen – really comprehensive care and great attention to detail. Very friendly and compassionate, and spends a lot of time talking things through. She has helped me with allergy maintenance and flare ups. My allergies feel much better controlled.

– Maddie Hawkins, March 2020

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When Is Allergy Season?

Allergies can occur both seasonally and year-round. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, causes symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and cough. These symptoms commonly occur in spring, summer and/or early fall. The Start and End of Spring Allergy Season Throughout the US, spring allergy season usually starts in February and extends into the early summer. Spring allergies are most commonly caused by reactions to pollen from trees such as as:

  • Aspen, Alder, and Ash
  • Birch, Beech, and Box elder
  • Cottonwood and Cedar
  • Elm and Hickory
  • Mountain elder and Mulberry
  • Oak and Olive
  • Poplar and Pecan
  • Willow
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The Start and End of Fall Allergy Season

In the US, fall allergy season runs from August to November. Most people who experience allergy symptoms in the fall are allergic to ragweed, which blooms and releases pollen at peak levels in mid-September. Ragweed grows in the wild in all areas, particularly throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Aside from ragweed, other problematic plants that trigger fall allergies include:

  • Burning bush and Cocklebur
  • Lamb’s-quarters and Mugwort
  • Pigweed and Russian thistle
  • Sagebrush and Tumbleweed

Factors that Alter the Onset and Length of Allergy Season

  • Mild winter temperatures can cause plants to pollinate early, making spring allergy season start earlier than February.
  • A rainy spring can promote rapid plant growth and high pollen levels. It can also lead to high mold levels that trigger allergic symptoms that last until the fall.
  • Warm days and cool nights during the fall allow tree, grass and ragweed pollens to thrive. This makes allergy symptoms worse.
  • During hot and humid summers, mold grows quickly and can trigger allergic reactions.
  • Pollen levels are usually highest in the morning. With wind and warm weather, pollen counts surge.

New Orleans Allergy Season

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) releases its annual Allergy Capitals™ report, which collects data on the 100 most-populated metropolitan areas of the US and identifies which cities are the most challenging places to live with seasonal allergies. The city ranks are calculated based on factors such as seasonal (fall or spring) pollen scores, allergy medication use per patient, and number of board certified allergy specialists per patient. In 2020, New Orleans, LA was ranked as the 36th most challenging place to live with fall allergies. In 2018, New Orleans was ranked 15th. In 2016, New Orleans was ranked 11th. In 2020, New Orleans, LA was ranked as the 41st most challenging place to live with spring allergies. In 2019, it was ranked 7th. In 2018, it ranked 15th. In 2016, New Orleans ranked 17th. Overall, New Orleans was ranked as the 35th most challenging place to live with allergies out of the US’s 100 most-populated metropolitan areas in 2020.

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New Orleans AAFA Annual Allergy Capital Ranking

Year Season Rank Out of 100
2020 Spring 41
2020 Fall 36
2019 Spring 7
2019 Fall N/A **
2018 Spring 15
2018 Fall 15
2016 Spring 17
2016 Fall 11

 

**Data not available for 2017 or fall 2019.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) provides a daily pollen and mold report on its website which you can use to help prepare for allergy season. Here, you will find the top 3 tree, weed, grass, and mold species in New Orleans and their concentrations on any given day.

Thrive Through The New Orleans Allergy Season

See a seasonal allergy specialist in New Orleans, LA if your allergies are causing you discomfort. Doctor Mehta has a reputation for developing strong relationships with her patients and being exceptionally attentive to their needs and concerns.

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