Dealing With Fall Allergy Season

Allergy and Asthma

Fall allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, affect between 40 and 60 million Americans annually according to the College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Hay fever occurs when a person’s mast cells — in conjunction with antibodies –release histamines in an effort to combat minor irritants such as dust, animal dandruff, pollen and insect excrement. While normally a positive, the release of histamines in a person with allergies is an overreaction that causes redness and swelling in an affected area.

Hay fever is typically associated with red, itching eyes and an irritated nose and sinuses. But hay fever can also affect the skin on the arms, legs and body.

Causes of Hay Fever

Christian Nordqvist of Medical News Today explains that the most common causes of hay fever are:

  • Dust mites (their excrement)
  • Cockroach calyx
  • Wool
  • Fur
  • Dander – skin flakes (dandruff)
  • Fel d 1 – a protein found in cat saliva and sebaceous glands. Proteins from the urine, saliva or hair of household pets can cause allergic reactions in some people

Avoiding Hay Fever and Treating Symptoms

Preventing hay fever is far easier than treating the symptoms. In order to prevent hay fever, cleanliness is the fundamental component. Not only does that mean good hygiene and keeping a clean living environment, it also means keeping the air in a home clean.

Air Treatment Solutions

As many of the catalysts of hay fever are airborne pathogens, conditioning the air in your home and installing air filters are both effective means of reducing you and your family’s chances of getting fall allergies.

Another means of conditioning the air in your home is a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers remove not only humidity from the air, but also irritants such as dust and animal dandruff that attach themselves to the moisture in air.

For more information about hay fever in general, preventative measures you can take, and the treatment of symptoms, contact San Jose, California’s Allergy and Asthma Center at 408-684-7401.

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