Fall Allergies usually irritate people in seasonal fall. Although it can cause disturbance to people nationwide, fall allergy is most prevalent in Midwestern and Eastern rural areas. Ragweed is considered the most effective cause of fall allergies particularly from August to September and October. Almost 75% of people are seen to suffer fall allergies due to ragweed pollen as reported by America’s Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Fall allergies also cause numerous complications in those who tend to be affected by allergy in seasonal fall. Now we are going to discuss some ways that can help save people from the ill-effects of fall allergy highlighting the cause and symptoms of it.
Why Do People Suffer From Fall Allergy?
Before going to discuss the causes, let’s clarify the times when fall allergies may attack people. They need to be very careful in these times and take some preventive measures
|➔ Late summer-fall (Time between August and December)
➔ Early Spring and winter (Time from January to April)
➔ Early Summer and Late Spring ( Last of April to July)
When people are seen to cough and sneeze at a particular time of year, it may be so that they have been affected by fall allergies. How do fall allergies trouble them? You need to know the causes before we are going to tell you about some fall allergies symptoms.
- Ragweed, which is a wild plant, grows almost everywhere, particularly in the Midwestern region and on the East Ragweed grows and releases pollen from August to November. During the early to middle of September, levels of ragweed pollen release are usually highest.
There are other plants that trigger seasonal allergies, like:
- Burning bush
- Some climate factors are also potent enough to influence fall allergy symptoms:
- Ragweed pollen usually thrives during warm days and cool nights.
- High humidity and heat help mold to grow quickly.
- In the morning hours, pollen levels are at a peak.
- Airborne allergens are grounded on a day with no wind.
- Pollen surge on a warm and windy day.
Ragweed comes to contact with people from smoke (from winter fireplaces or summer campfires), insect stings and bites (generally in summer and spring), Chlorine in swimming pools, pine trees, and ingredients of candy.
What Exactly Happen When Fall Allergies Attack?
Coughing and sneezing are two common symptoms of seasonal allergies that irritate people at seasonal fall. Most importantly, allergy symptoms depend on the particular substance involved with the cause of allergy. Your sinuses, airways, nasal passages, digestive system, and skin may be affected by allergy.
According to Dr. Randhawa, allergy symptoms are seen on body parts that are exposed. These symptoms include:
- Skin: Eczema, itchy and dry skin, hives
- Eyes and Nose: Itchy and watery eyes, runny mucus, sneezing
- Mouth: Upset stomach, Itchy back-throat, as a life-threatening reaction of allergy- diarrhea, and anaphylaxis
- Lungs: Asthma and wheezing
With all these, fall allergy to a severe extent can lead to Asthma attack which is also life-threatening.
How Can You Fight Fall Allergies?
Here you will be provided with some tentative ways which can relieve you from fall allergies symptoms.
- You need to be careful about pollen levels. Try to make our outdoor activities limited during the morning. In the morning, pollen levels tend to be high. If you are usually attacked by fall allergies, try to stay inside as much as possible. You must try to minimize your exposure to possible allergens at the time of seasonal change. If you try to maintain this, you will be somehow saved from being attacked by allergy while season changes.
- If you wear protective clothes, you may not have to suffer from allergies during the seasonal fall. Try to put on long sleeves, hats, pants, sunglasses, and a scarf to keep harmful pollen away from your skin, eyes, and hair. You can try wearing a protective face mask if you are associated with work like mowing and raking.
- Fredrick M. Schaffer, an M.D. Chief Medical Officer at Texas’ San Antonio United Allergy Services has suggested a remedy for people who tend to be affected easily with seasonal allergy. As per his recommendation, one needs to minimize his allergen exposure by washing pollen off his hair and skin as early as possible after he has spent time outside. Frederick M. Schaffer has also mentioned that one requires changing his shoes before he enters the house. He also needs to change clothes inside the front doorway to reduce pollen or other allergens that he may carry into the house.
- You need to change the place of living where pollen levels are high particularly at times of seasonal change. Although it may not be much help, you can try it if possible.
- Pollens come from laundry most of the time. Clothing and bedding are the most common medium through which pollen may come in contact with the person having a tendency to be attacked by fall allergies. What can you do? You can ignore hanging wet clothes outside to dry.
- Do you know what a dehumidifier is? It is an electronic appliance that helps reduce and maintain air humidity. If you are sensitive to mold or dust, you should try it at home. According to the American Asthma Allergy Foundation, keeping humidity below 45%- 35% is better for controlling mold growth.
- Using an air conditioner is also a better way of controlling air moisture. Particularly you need to use it in your bedroom. You should close windows and keep the AC on while you are going to spend more than seven hours at night.
- Taking proper medication may help you to save yourself from fall allergies. According to Randhawa, over-the-counter drugs are effective, long-lasting and non-drowsy. So these types of drugs can be taken if one suffers from fall allergies.
- If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you need to take the initiative of cleaning your home regularly particularly at times of seasonal changes. During summer, allergens such as mites, molds, and dust come in contact with people who tend to suffer from fall allergies. Therefore, you need to clean your house as regularly as possible to keep these allergens away. Don’t forget to put on a mask while dusting to keep you safe.
- If you are severely attacked by fall allergies, don’t forget to consult a physician. Fall allergies may be life-threatening. Therefore, you need to talk to a doctor about having the right treatment to stop it. J. Allen Meadows, an M.D. and board-certified allergist have advised that a person with allergy needs to be able to feel good, being active during the day, and sleeping well at night. A doctor can guide you about what anti-allergic drugs are suitable for you. You should follow his instructions thoroughly for being safe from attacks of fall allergy.
We have provided you some ways of preventing fall allergies in general. The extent of suffering from fall allergies may vary for individuals. While affected by fall allergies in some seasons, you must consult a doctor who will let you know what you need to do exactly. You also need to take the above-mentioned preventive measures that will also help you to cure yourself.