Arkansas Allergy Season: Peak, Timing, and Symptoms

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Updated: January 27, 2023
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Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies are sensitive to pollen. Only at specific periods of the year does each plant species produce pollen. The southern state of Arkansas is popular for its natural hot springs, trails, and caves. There are a variety of flowering plant species in the state as well, some of which generate pollen in the early morning and late afternoon. Unfortunately, Arkansas is not the best place to live if you have allergies because of this.

Luckily, there are ways to minimize any uncomfortable allergy symptoms you may be experiencing while visiting or residing in this beautiful state.  In this article, we will explore peak times for allergies in Arkansas, including triggers and allergy remedies to help you deal with any symptoms you may be experiencing!

When Is Allergy Season In Arkansas?

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Actaea racemosa is a perennial that’s native to Arkansas

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The springtime ushers in Arkansas’s allergy season. Despite the state’s mild winters, late February is a popular time for the onset of seasonal allergies. When compared to other states, this allergy season is about normal for the course. Even if Arkansas isn’t the finest state if you suffer from allergies, it’s also not one of the worst.

Peak

The months of April, May, and September in Arkansas are peak times for allergen production. Seasonal allergies tend to flare up throughout these months. During these months, Arkansas typically has high pollen levels, thus limiting your time outside or venturing out at night is recommended.

Timing

A normal allergy season in Arkansas begins in early spring and ends in late fall. Because of the mild winters, allergy season can last a little longer than usual, although not by much. Allergy season typically begins in February and lasts through November.

Which Plants Cause Allergies In Arkansas?

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Ragweed is a common cause of allergies in Arkansas.

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Tree pollen is the primary cause of spring allergies in Arkansas. For Arkansans prone to allergic reactions to pollen, the most common culprits are trees, grasses, and weeds. Grass pollen is the most common allergen in the summer. Weed pollen is most likely the culprit if you suffer from seasonal allergies during the fall.

Spring

For those who suffer from tree allergies, springtime in Arkansas is the worst time of year. This is going to be the most difficult allergy season for most locals. It begins around the end of February and continues through the beginning of May.

The following trees are among the most common causes of allergic reactions in the state of Arkansas:

  • Ash
  • Cedar
  • Hickory
  • Mulberry
  • Oak
  • Privet
  • Walnut
  • Willow

Summer

In Arkansas, early June marks the beginning of grass allergy season. Some species start generating pollen as early as late April or May, suggesting an early spring onset. Certain types of grass, such as ryegrass, Bermuda grass, fescue, orchard grass, and bent grass, might trigger allergic reactions in certain people. Seasonal activity typically winds down by late July.

Fall

Allergies to weeds typically begin in the fall, around the middle of August, and reach a climax in September. Amaranth, pigweed, and ragweed are the three most common allergenic weeds in the state of Arkansas. The arrival of the first significant winter freeze marks the traditional conclusion of this period.

Winter

Seasonal allergy sufferers in Arkansas might get some relief this winter. However, indoor allergies such as cockroaches, dust mites, mold, and pet dander can still be a concern.

Common Allergy Symptoms

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Sneezing is a common allergy symptom.

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Allergic reactions typical for Arkansans include:

  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Hives
  • Irritated eyes
  • Throat irritation
  • Worsening asthma

While reactions will naturally vary from person to person, these are all symptoms that are commonly associated with allergies.

Best Allergy Treatments

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it is best to limit your exposure to the outdoors when the pollen count is high in your area.

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Many people with seasonal allergies still find the allergy season in Arkansas to be more challenging than typical. Long-term symptom relief through treatment can feel elusive and frustrating to find.

Allergic Arkansans can get some relief from their symptoms by avoiding triggers, using antihistamines, or going to an allergist. Let’s check out some options!

Limit Your Exposure

Keep away from whatever causes your allergies if at all feasible. You can accomplish this in a number of ways:

Find out today’s pollen count. Find out how much pollen is floating around your neighborhood by checking the pollen count. In the event that your allergy has a high pollen count, you might want to spend as little time outside as possible.

Don’t let the housework pile up. You should strive to dust and vacuum more frequently during allergy season to eradicate pollen. To eliminate dust effectively, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and wipe surfaces down with a damp cloth.

After a long day outside, clean off with a shower. If you’ve been outside for a while and want to remove pollen from your hair and skin, a quick shower will do the trick. An effective hand and face wash might serve as a temporary replacement for a shower.

Change and wash your clothes. Since pollen can adhere to fabric, you may need to wash your clothes more regularly during allergy season.

Kick off your shoes. Keep your home pollen-free by removing your shoes at the door.

Keep your lawn in good shape. Reduce pollen surrounding your home by mowing the yard, pruning the trees, and plucking the weeds.

Take Allergy Medications

Although reducing your exposure to allergens will help, it may not be enough when pollen counts are incredibly high while allergy season is at its peak. When looking for quick treatment, over-the-counter allergy pills can be a great option. Antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, and nasal corticosteroids

are just a few of the OTC allergy treatments available.

Immunotherapy

You can survive allergy season more easily if you take allergy medication and reduce your exposure to allergens. But these aren’t allergy medications, either. Sublingual immunotherapy is a wonderful option if you wish to treat your allergies and achieve permanent relief.

Sublingual immunotherapy involves taking increasingly large doses of your allergen under your tongue to teach your immune system to reject or tolerate these chemicals. Drops or pills are used in sublingual immunotherapy; no needles are required. There is no risk of side effects, and it works just as well as the allergy shots that are more inconvenient.

Click here to learn about all of the allergy seasons across the United States!

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