Allergies are something that many people suffer in the fall as well as the spring. The variety of irritants is just as broad most months of the year. The allergens are found indoors and out, which means there’s almost nowhere to go where the air is free from something to aggravate the histamine response of the body. Below are three common allergies that happen in the fall, and why.
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While no one really loves pollen, apart from the plants who need its existence, pollen is a common allergic irritant in the fall. It’s a given that plants don’t bloom in the fall, but the pollen doesn’t simply disappear, either. It’s in the grass, trapped by leaves, and lying around everywhere there’s foliage. Pollen gets kicked up when people do yard or garden clean-ups, causing the body to react and create histamines to deal with the problem.
To prevent pollen from causing an allergic reaction, take an antihistamine before stepping out to do yard work. If an antihistamine isn’t enough, use an air filtration mask to reduce the amount of pollen that’s getting breathed in.
With fall comes cooler temperatures and therefore the use of your heating system. People tend to spend more time indoors to stay warm and expose themselves to the dust that’s collected in the house during the summer months. Also making the dust issue worse is an HVAC unit that hasn’t been maintained, ductwork cleaned, or had the filters changed. Combine the dust that’s laying around with the dust getting blown through the ductwork and it’s a primo recipe for an allergic reaction.
To prevent household dust, make sure that the air filters get changed regularly on the HVAC system to prevent dust, and have the ducts cleaned on a regular basis. Air filters, regular vacuuming, and laundry all contribute to reducing the amount of household dust present in the fall.
Mold loves wet and humid conditions which are in abundance during the fall in most parts of the US. Those who live in drier climates won’t experience much in the way of mold, but those who experience all four seasons or live in tropical climates have to deal with the noxious fungus.
Mold releases spores into the air in order to propagate. And when it does that, the spores find their way into the lungs, causing irritation. The body reacts the same way to mold as it does to any other irritant. The major issue with mold is the fact that it’s difficult to eradicate if it’s inside the home, and impossible to avoid anywhere. The best way to deal with mold outside is to wear a particle mask or respirator to stop spores from getting into the body.
These are just some of the more common fall allergies people find themselves dealing with. There are various ways to cope with fall allergies, but taking precautionary measures is best. Always take allergic reactions seriously as they can lead to more serious problems.