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.

Dealing With Fall Allergy Season

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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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