I thought you left the seasonal sneezes with your sandals and sundresses? Anyone with weeds and mold allergies can tell that spring is not the only season that can make you suffer-fall is also a minefield of runny nose, red eyes. Find out what’s making your allergies seem so bad right now, and learn to take control of their symptoms.
1. Summer trapped for longer this year.
Warmer temperatures allow much of the country go to the beach for a few extra weeks this year. But while their spirits are soaring, so were the counts and ragweed pollen. “Condes generally fall significantly by the first week of September,” said Joseph Leija, MD, founder Gottlieb Allergy Count, which provides the official allergy count for the Midwest. “Besides that, we had a couple of wet weeks that made weeds grow rampant.” And more weed-which includes everything from ragweed goldenrod means more to mugwort pollen, a major cause of hay fever, explains.
2. You are absorbing the outdoors.
As you should be! We can not think of better ways to enjoy the beautiful fall weather farmers markets and morning walks. But if you are a sufferer of seasonal allergies, any time spent outdoors can provoke symptoms. You do not have to go inside for good, but it reconsider the time: “Pollen counts are highest from morning until 10 am, so try to postpone their activities until the end of the day” suggests Rachna Shah, MD, allergist and member of the faculty of the School of Medicine of Loyola. And when you’re cycling or gardening done, throw the clothes in the washer and head straight for the shower. “Mold spores and pollen can stick to everything, including the hair, skin and clothes,” she says.
3. When it comes to medications, you’re not exactly consistent.
It takes three months to exhaust their 30-day supply of prescription allergy free and you get your allergy shots only when you feel miserable. Sound familiar? Compliance is what both Shah and Leija cited as the biggest reason for their patients can not get ahead of your symptoms. “It takes about 2-3 days for allergy medicine to kick in,” said Leija. And you can not stop when you feel better or when the pollen count in your area is low. “Pollen counts vary by time and barometric pressure as much,” he explains, so constantly take their medication on days when the numbers are low when you prepare to emerge again.
4. One word: mold.
Nothing autumn looks quintessentially falling leaves in large heaps. But once the foliage begins to decay, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. Inhalation of spores can aggravate asthma and cause heavy breathing, wheezing and other symptoms of upper respiratory tract in people with mold allergies. Another common source of mold? Wet basements. Leija suggests placing a dehumidifier in the ground floor (if rooms are completed or not) and clean the filters in your heating system, which could be pushing mold spores in the air on the upper floors.
5. You let the outside in.
Brush or wipe pets after walks. Pollen can hitchhike on Fido at home and on your couch, bed, or any other place where he likes to hang out.
Leave your shoes outside. Forget the dirt and mud that could be painfully pollen and mold throughout the house. No outdoor area? Keep them in a separate cabinet.
Close the windows. Be sure to do this on days pollen counts windy or high, and especially if you live near a busy road. “Pollution is an irritant to people with respiratory allergies,” Leija said. He can not stand not having fresh air? PollenTEC makes clean air window and door screens to filter dust, pollen, soot and exhaust so you can enjoy the breeze of autumn while it lasts.