Wonder why your allergies are kicking in this late in the year? Fall allergy triggers are different, but they can cause just as many symptoms as spring. The biggest factors are ragweed, mold and dust mites.
Ragweed starts releasing pollen in late August and can last through October. Even if ragweed doesn’t grow where you live, winds help the pollen travel hundreds of miles.
Mold can grow in any damp areas in or around your home. Whether from excess rains or a pile of damp leaves, the fall season can see an increase in conditions that are ideal breeding grounds for mold.
Dust mites build up during the humid summer months but can get stirred back into the air the first time you turn on your heat in the fall.
Symptoms to Look Out For…
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
How to Prevent/ Manage Symptoms
- Check pollen counts in your area and try to stay indoors – with the doors and windows closed – when pollen is at its peak.
- Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don’t breathe in mold spores.
- Mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over summer so clean them before turning on your heating system for the first time
- Change your air filter. A fresh filter will help your heating and cooling system run smoother and will eliminate mold, dust mites and allergens in the air
- If necessary, use a humidifier to keep air humidity between 35% and 50%
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