Fall Allergies, Their Causes, and How to Find Relief!
It’s fall! The weather is gorgeous, the leaves are beginning to change, and being outside is a must! But why are you still sneezing like it’s the first day of spring? Unfortunately, fall allergens are different than those in the spring. While both seasons can affect many people, some may suffer from allergies in the fall but not in the spring, and vice versa. They can cause sneezing, coughing, itchy and watery eyes, runny or itchy nose, and dark circles under the eyes. So let’s dig a little deeper to discover the root of these fall allergies and find out how to relieve them.
What Causes Fall Allergies?
The most common trigger of fall allergies is ragweed. This yellow, flowering weed begins releasing pollen in August and can last until October. Statistics show that about three-quarters of people with spring allergies are 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 mold only exists in 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 ever dry due to the lack of heat, mold can rear its ugly head.
Dust mites are generally 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. Symptoms of dust mite allergies include sneezing, wheezing, and a 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 a 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 allergies. Make sure that they are bagged and disposed of properly.
- 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, consider investing in a whole-home dehumidifier. These products create the perfect moisture level throughout your home to keep it comfortable while cleaning the air of dangerous germs, allergens, and dust and improving 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 perform an inspection to be sure everything is in working order. Be prepared for the cold with F.H. Furr!