What Causes Fall Allergies…And How Can You Avoid Them?

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Do you know what an allergy really is?

In the simplest terms, an allergy is a common condition that is characterized by the body’s tendency to react in an abnormal manner to foreign substances. For the vast majority of sufferers, allergies represent a lifelong ailment with several aggravating (and potentially life-threatening) symptoms.

Allergies affect 50 million people in America alone, preventing them from eating certain foods, living comfortably in certain environments and engaging in certain activities.

Are you a sufferer of fall allergies who needs more information about signs and remedies?

Check out this overview of the different types of all allergies.

Causes of Fall Allergies

Ever wonder what the most common fall allergens are?

  • Ragweed Pollen — While there is a variety of substances responsible for triggering allergies in the autumn, ragweed pollen is by far the most common. Why? Even if it doesn’t grow directly in your area, ragweed pollen can travel hundreds of mile, triggering allergies in susceptible people.
  • Mold — Mold is also particularly common in the fall because the fall is a particularly dark and damp season, which allows mold to flourish outdoors. For instance, large piles of leaves are particularly prone to producing mold.
  • Dust Mites — Although dust mites are more common during summer, dust can become an issue when you finally turn your heat on. This can irritate allergies for sufferers, as well.

Treatments for Fall Allergies

Although allergies are technically a lifelong issue, there are a number of ways to treat the (annoying) symptoms.

The process begins with an evaluation of your medical history and includes a physical exam. This includes an examination of your environment. From there, the physician will recommend a treatment plan that will minimize or eliminate your allergy symptoms.

Treatment Plans for Fall Allergies

One of the most common ways to treat allergies is a personalized treatment plan.

Treatment plans can be simple and include a list of allergens to avoid. However, they can also be much more complex and include suggestions for allergy shots, immunotherapy or oral/nasal medications.

Overall, while there is no way to “cure” fall allergies, there are several methods to relieve them.

Please visit us today to schedule your consultation and take control of your allergies this fall!

What Is Causing My Allergies in October?

If you suffer from allergies, then the end of the summer can bring a welcome respite from all the watery eyes, sneezing and coughing you’ve been experiencing all season — or so you hope. Unfortunately, your allergy symptoms can carry over into the fall. Here are the top four reasons your allergies are still around well into fall.

Ragweed

If you’re experiencing fall allergies, there’s a good chance that ragweed is to blame. While ragweed pollen begins releasing in late August, it can continue through September and October. About 75 percent of the people who suffer from spring allergies are also allergic to ragweed.

Allergies to ragweed can also trigger allergic reactions to some fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, melons and zucchini. Even if you don’t live near ragweed, it can still be a problem. The pollen can travel for hundreds of miles, bringing it to your area and triggering your allergies.

Mold Spores

If you’re thinking since you have no mold in your house, you’ll have no worries of an allergic reaction, think again. Mold likes damp, dark spaces and is found in more than just the basement, bathroom or kitchen. Mold can form in dark, wet spaces outside, such as in a pile of wet leaves. If you’re experiencing fall allergies, see if you can eliminate any mold in your area inside or outside your home.

Dust Mites

Dust mites aren’t just a spring and summer problem. They can get stirred up when you turn on the heat for the first time once it starts to get cold. They can trigger sneezes, coughs and runny noses, causing your allergies to flare in October and beyond.

Back to School

While everyone is excited for school to start, once the kids are back in school they can get exposed to any number of allergens. School buildings may have dust mites and mold that can cause their allergies to reemerge. Other potential allergy triggers found in schools include chalk and pet dander.

Struggling with allergies? The Allergy and Asthma Center will help you live your life without allergies. Contact us to see what we can do for you.

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