Common Fall Allergies And How to Avoid Them

By on 10/20/2016

Fall AllergiesFall is finally in the air! Its time for cool weather, fall decorations, the fall wardrobe switch up, pumpkin spiced everything and adorable hay ride *ah choo* and leaf pile *ah choo* photo shoots.

… oh, and allergies. Lovely, lovely fall allergies!

Signs of fall allergies include: an itchy throat, red, watery and itchy eyes and sneezing attacks.

There are Two Main Fall Allergens

Ragweed pollen starts circulating right at the break of fall – the same time we start to open our windows and let all that wonderful, fresh, crisp and pollen loaded air into our homes! Did you know a single ragweed plant can produce up to 1 billion grains of pollen per season? Studies show about 30% of our population is allergic to the very prolific ragweed pollen. Fall Ragweed allergies

Mold and mildew also become a problem in fall because as leaves start to fall, they grow spores while they sit on the ground decomposing. These spores are easily spread with a strong breeze and can cause instant and long lasting irritation.  About 15% of the population is allergic to these types of mold and mildew.

The good news is if you live in a colder climate, many of the allergens will start to reduce after the first few frosts of the season.

The not-so-good news is if you live in a climate that doesn’t see freezing temperatures (which is becoming more and more common thanks to global warming), then the amount of time you are exposed to these allergens is greatly increased.

Therefore your best course of action is to take charge and not sit in misery waiting for this season to pass!

Control your allergies!

Most autumn allergies can be controlled by taking an over-the-counter antihistamine. A 24 hour pill, nose spray, or eye drops will all work to fight back your body’s response to the allergens.

Prevention is also key. Watch the pollen count on your local weather report and stay indoors on the very heavy days. If you are outside and exposed to pollen, mold or mildew, be sure to shower the moment you get home and don’t forget to also wash all contaminated clothing!

Additionally, a non-drug remedy like using a neti pot daily to irrigate nasal passages is also effective in removing allergens from your sinuses and preventing allergy attacks.

If left untreated, in addition to making you feel miserable, fall allergies can turn into sinus infections and become pure misery. Getting a handle on these allergies now will allow you to enjoy the fall season the way you were meant to – without snifflng, sneezing, itchy eyes or a sore throat!

 

 

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