Do you ever wonder why you’re still experiencing allergy symptoms when spring and summer have already passed? Fall allergies are more common than you may think. In fact, even though they are considered “fall” allergies, allergens can actually begin to surface in late summer. There are a few major culprits for the sneezing, sniffling, and watery eyes many of us experience in the fall.
According to WebMD, 75% of people who react to spring blooms are also allergic to ragweed. Ragweed pollen travels hundreds of miles through the wind and latches onto common fruits and vegetables during the fall months, causing sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and coughing for many people. Ragweed pollen usually affects those who are allergic throughout the month of October, and sometimes longer in warmer areas with longer-lasting summers.
Helpful tip: Keep an eye on pollen counts. These counts are typically measured on a 0 – 12 scale and reported by your local weather service. When they are high, keep your windows closed and stay indoors. If your symptoms are severe, consider seeing an allergist.
Mold is another common trigger for allergy sufferers in the fall. Leaf piles and moist areas in the yard or shrubs are breeding grounds for mold spores in the fall. Symptoms of a mold allergy include itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, and a runny nose.
Helpful tip: To keep from inhaling mold spores, wear a mask when raking or blowing leaves.
Dust mites are a major concern in the summer months, but they can also pose an issue in the fall. When the heat gets kicked back on for the first time since March, dust mites are commonly blown into your home, school, and workplace. Dust mites can cause similar symptoms as ragweed and mold, but they can additionally cause breathing issues like wheezing.
Helpful tip: Make a point to change your air filters and clean all vents before turning on your heat. This will prevent the dust mites from being blown into the air and inhaled.Fall allergies can be a pain, but taking the right precautions, using the right remedies, and talking with your doctor or allergist about medical treatment can keep your symptoms under control. If you are experiencing allergies this fall, visit First Care Clinics to tackle your pesky allergy symptoms. Find the First Care Clinics location nearest you or contact a team member today.