How to Prevent Fall Season Allergies?
As fall season rolls in, it can also mean new allergy triggers are at bay. Amidst the reds, yellows, and oranges that dominates the Autumn months, Ragweed allergies are at its peak as it is the biggest allergy trigger during fall season.
Ragweed usually produces pollen during August to October and dispersed in the wind, causing allergic reactions. Most people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed, and foods like bananas, melon, and zucchini can also cause allergic symptoms to ragweed-sensitive individuals. Mold is another suspect to fall allergies as humidity increases.
What are the common symptoms of fall allergies?
- Runny Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Itchiness around the eyes and nose
How can I prevent it?
- Carry a face mask around. It will be highly useful on windy days as well as when raking leaves outside.
- Keep your windows closed at home and use a dehumidifier.
- Try drying your clothes with a dryer instead of airing them outside as it can gather pollens this way.
- Brush off pollen from your body by taking a shower frequently.
- Remove decaying and deposited leaves on your yard and gutters as they can be home to molds and pollen.
- Clean your heating vents and filters before turning them on.
- Stay indoors when pollen is at peak, which is usually during late morning or midday. Check pollen counts in your area to be guided.
If you are not sure if you allergic to these common fall triggers, it is best to visit your doctor or allergist for a skin test to identify which allergens trigger your symptoms.