Fall Allergies to Watch For
For some people, the arrival of fall means relief from most of seasonal allergy symptoms they had during the spring and summer. In the fall, grass goes dormant and stops producing pollen and weed allergens in the air begin to also wind down. Depending on the weather conditions through the fall, these allergens sometimes linger on until the first hard freeze occurs toward the end of fall. Mold spores that peaked during the summer may also hang around until the first snow.
Think You Are in the Clear?
Hold on; don’t celebrate just yet. When the colder weather arrives, you may think you are in the clear for seasonal allergies. For example, if you are allergic to mold, which typically peaks during the summer, you may have to wait until the first snowfall before you see any real fall allergy relief as mold spores linger on. And just when you thought you were saying goodbye to your warmer weather allergies, you may be saying hello to a new set of fall seasonal allergies.
Say Hello to Indoor Allergies
Once the temperatures drop in the fall, and you and your family are spending more time indoors, it’s possible that you may experience new allergy symptoms. What you might think is a lingering cold could actually be an allergy.
The environment within your home could potentially trigger allergies. These new fall allergies could come from various allergens, including:
- Pet hair
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Achieving Fall Allergy Relief
The best way to find relief from your fall allergies is to try to avoid as many of your allergy triggers as possible. If you think you are allergic to your pets, you should do a thorough cleaning of your home and try to keep your pet out of your bedroom.
Removing dust mites can be difficult even if you home is very clean. It helps to make sure the humidity level in your home stays around 40 to 50 percent. Additional steps you can take include:
- Replacing your carpets with smooth flooring
- Washing your bedding frequently
- Encasing mattresses and pillows in protective covers
- Frequent vacuuming of rugs and upholstery
- Changing air filter on your heater often
- Having the ductwork in your home cleaned yearly
If you are unable to find fall allergy relief, your next move should be to schedule an appointment with Dakota Allergy & Asthma.