It’s fall! The weather is gorgeous, the leaves are beginning to change and being outside is a must! But how come you’re still sneezing like it’s the first day of spring? Unfortunately, fall brings on a whole new set of symptoms, and these different allergens can cause sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, runny or itchy nose and dark circles under the eyes. So let’s dig a littler deeper to discover the root of these fall allergies and find out how to relieve them.
So what is the cause of fall allergies?
The most common trigger is none other then our friend Ragweed. This yellow-flowering weed usually begins releasing pollen in August and can last until October. Statistics show that about three-quarters of people who have spring allergies are also allergic to ragweed. There is no respite from this particular plant because it travels on the wind.
Mold is another trigger during the fall when piles of damp leaves lay in your yard for weeks. Although many people think of mold as something that is sequestered in the damp areas of your home (which can be true), it can also lurk where you don’t expect it. During the fall when things don’t really ever dry due to the lack of heat, that’s when mold can rear it’s ugly head.
Dust mites are normally thought of as a common summer problem, but in reality, these mites get stirred into the air the first few times you use your heat in the fall. These mites in your air can trigger sneezing, wheezing and runny nose.
Tips to Manage Symptoms
Here are some simple tips to manage your fall allergy symptoms and help you find some relief from these annual triggers!
- Make use of allergy medications. Whether it’s nasal spray, antihistamine or prescription drugs prescribed by a doctor, these medications will help.
- Stay inside! The main allergens are blowing through the air, so avoid prolonged periods outdoors.
- Maintain your yard. Due to the previous tip, it might be a good idea for family or friends who don’t have allergies to help you out with your leaves. Those dead leaves in piles breed mold, which is bad for your allergies. Make sure that they are bagged and disposed of.
- Get a humidifier! Homes benefit from moisture in the air, and that moisture keeps allergens in check. If you constantly suffer from allergies in the spring and fall, it may be a good idea to invest in a Whole Home Humidifier. These products create the perfect level of moisture throughout your home to keep it comfortable, while cleaning the air of dangerous germs, allergens and dust and improving the overall indoor air quality. They also allow your home to heat and cool on a lower level, saving you money and energy!
As the fall approaches, F.H. Furr is here for all of your home and family’s Plumbing and HVAC needs. Let us install a humidifier, fix a heating system or just perform an inspection to be sure everything is in working order. Be prepared for the cold, with F.H. Furr!