The leaves are changing, the nights are longer, and football is back – fall has officially arrived and life is good. Well, that is until your nose doesn’t stop dripping like an old leaky faucet. There are many pros and cons that are attributed with this seasonal change, and for many it seems that the bad outweighs the good. Millions of people suffer from allergy symptoms each year. If you are one of those millions of people who are affected by fall allergies, learn more about the symptoms and triggers that cause this problem and how you can help prevent it from happening to you.
Fall Allergy Symptoms
Do you constantly have watery eyes throughout the fall? Do they itch? What about a runny nose or consistent sneezing? These are all common signs of fall allergy symptoms. Similar to the common cold, over time fall allergies can have a big impact on your health. The symptoms have a strong effect on your productivity. This is due to a lack of sleep from the irritation throughout the night. Fall allergies will rundown your body and make it difficult to concentrate at school or work. In order to try and prevent these symptoms from happening to you, it is important to understand what triggers the allergies in the first place.
Fall Allergy Triggers
There are many possible triggers due to the seasonal change. The most common are: pollination, ragweed, molds, and weather.
As the weather changes from season to season the different pollination cycle for plants varies as well. When September and October roll around, fall is in full force. In the fall grasses and weeds pollinate which triggers allergy symptoms caused by seasonal allergens.
Many days in August are warm but the nights begin to get cooler. Progressing closer to September and into October, with the combination of opposing weather temperatures between the day and night, ragweed pollen is abundant, one of the main causes of fall allergy symptoms in the Midwest and California.
There are many places where mold can trigger your allergy symptoms, especially in the fall. Basements, and other secluded damp areas around a house are some of the most common places indoors where mold can be found. A popular place outdoors is from wet spots that begin to decay over time, or old leaves can begin to mold if they have been sitting out for too long.
The weather in the fall has a big impact on every trigger. The above triggers would not take place without the specific temperatures and variations that occur during these months. A chilly, windy night can carry pollen hundreds of miles and spread it around which increases the amount of people who are affected by fall allergy symptoms.
Fall Allergy Prevention
Be very cautious in the morning and on windy days. These are the times when pollen is at its highest rate in the air. Grass pollen flight peak is at 3 a.m. which is why the mornings can be very difficult, while weed pollens fly in the afternoon. Is there any way to prevent these allergy triggers?
Keeping the windows closed is always a good idea to prevent pollen from infiltrating your home, car, or any contained air that you might be in contact with.
Having a dehumidifier is another smart way to keep your air clean. A HEPA filter will take the allergens right out of the air and protect you from the abundance of allergens during this season. However, it is important to keep the windows closed to assure efficacy of the HEPA filter.
Visiting your allergist is the first step to moving towards relief. Here at the Riviera Allergy Medical Center, you can count on us to help treat your fall allergy symptoms. Schedule an appointment today by contacting us at 310-792-9050 or by visiting our site at http://RivieraAllergy.com.