Fall allergies. They affects many, many people, and those that are affected probably have a very different notion of what “fall” means than those who aren’t. If the leaves turning red, orange, and yellow coincide with runny noses, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat for you, then this blog is for you. This is Louisville, after all, so dealing with tough fall allergies is almost a given. Here, we’ll be giving a quick rundown of the triggers of fall allergies as well as what you can do to prepare for it.
Fall allergies typically spring from the release of pollen as well as an increase in mold. We experience pollen, but you’ll be surprised at how much mold is outdoors. You see more clusters of wet leaves in the fall, and those clusters often function as a haven for mold spores.
So, how can you help yourself deal with the more preventable allergy symptoms? Some answers are more obvious, and others may require an extra step.
Remove allergens from your home.
Among the more obvious ones are these: Remove allergens from your home and prevent allergens like ragweed pollen from entering your living space. Weed pollen gives many troubles during the fall months. Make sure your clothes are allergen free, too. If you’ve been working outside in the yard, change clothes when you come inside and even shower to remove pollen from your skin and hair. You should also avoid mold by using gloves and cleaning up wet areas to prevent mold growth, but that’s a good year-round rule.
Protect yourself outside.
There’s more you can do than just remove and avoid certain things. If you’re willing to do a little extra for a lot more comfort, then there are solutions. When doing outdoor chores, it would do you well to wear an N95 mask for outdoor chores. Protecting your mouth and nose from airborne allergens can prevent and relieve symptoms easily. If you experience a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion every fall like clockwork, then you may consider getting tested to determine to what you are allergic. You will leave your allergy test appointment knowing exactly to you are allergic to and what you can do about it. Whether it is to avoid and control the pollen and mold or even a treatment plan to build your tolerance to what bothers you.
Let Family Allergy and Asthma help!
Fall in Louisville is always a battle for those affected by allergies. If these preventative and defensive measures still leave you miserable, Family Allergy and Asthma will be here to help you and your family deal with those pesky allergies.