As summer fades into fall, the weather cools down, the air becomes crisp and the leaves start to change into vibrant colors. All of this is great until you start sneezing constantly, your eyes are itchy and red and your sinus feels tight with pressure. What's going on? Well, you could be experiencing fall allergy symptoms.
Unfortunately, if you have spring allergies, you're likely to experience fall allergies, too. So, how can you prepare your apartment and try to combat this season of change? We've got you covered with some ideas and home remedies to reduce fall allergy symptoms.
In the springtime, the air is full of pollen as trees and flowers begin to bloom. In the fall, the main allergy culprit is ragweed. Ragweed is a weed that flowers, matures and releases pollen (up to one billion grains!) that can travel through the air up to two miles into the atmosphere, causing severe allergy symptoms for people.
And ragweed isn't the only cause of fall allergies. In the fall, people are battling against mold and dust mite allergies, too. Wet leaves, which are common in the fall, are the perfect breeding ground for mold. As you're cleaning up your backyard, raking leaves and putting them into garbage bags, you're stirring up that mold which could be causing your fall allergy symptoms Likewise, dust mites are another common fall allergy as kids go back to school or you turn on the furnace and those dust mites go flying through the air.
With ragweed, mold and dust mites causing fall allergies, how do you identify the symptoms? Similar to the spring, the most common fall allergy symptoms are:
Because we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, it can be difficult to know if your symptoms are fall allergies or COVID-19 as the symptoms can be similar. Two key distinctions are fever and a dry, harsh cough, which are key symptoms of COVID-19, not fall allergies.
Fall and spring allergies have similar symptoms — sneezing, itching eyes and running nose. You'll likely experience the same symptoms but the difference is the cause of the allergy itself. In the spring, the most common allergy trigger is pollen, which is released by trees, grasses and weeds.
In the fall, the main cause of allergies is ragweed pollen, which peaks in mid-August and last through October. One silver lining is that when frost hits and winter arrives, all fall allergies will almost certainly be gone as the allergens are killed by the cold weather.
Despite the season, allergies are awful for the allergic sufferer. That's why we've outlined some tips for preventing these pesky fall allergies and preparing your apartment to be a safe haven from allergies.
In the fall, it's important to focus on preventing indoor allergens, since you're likely to keep the windows closed and seal in allergy triggers:
In general, the best way to prevent allergies is to limit exposure to the trigger itself. For example, you can't control the ragweed pollen in the air but you can control how often you're outside and choose to limit your outdoor exposure when the pollen count is high. A few other tips to prevent allergies include:
By staying diligent about allergy prevention, you can lessen your symptoms.
A formal wish for good health, “Gesundheit" or “God bless you" is commonly heard after someone sneezes. You'll probably be hearing that phrase more often as fall allergy season rolls in and we hope these tips will help you prepare yourself and your apartment.