Common Fall Allergies and How to Avoid Them

Common Fall Allergies and How to Avoid Them

About 60 million Americans have allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies. Symptoms vary from person to person but often include bothersome issues like sinus pressure, congestion, and itchy, watery eyes.

For adults and children alike, seasonal allergies can start in the early spring and last all summer. As the weather cools down in early fall, you might be looking forward to the end of allergy season — but autumn brings allergy triggers of its own.

Our allergy specialists at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, are here to help you and your family prepare for fall allergies. From allergy testing to customized allergy treatment, we partner with you to reduce annoying allergy symptoms and help you live better all year.

Common fall allergy triggers

Lots of common allergens — like pet dander and mold spores — are present throughout the year, but the changing seasons make some allergy triggers worse than others. Some of the most common fall allergens are:

Ragweed

Ragweed is a flowering plant that produces a lot of pollen in the fall, and it’s one of the top triggers for late summer and fall allergies. About 75% of people with spring allergy symptoms also have reactions to ragweed.

If you’re allergic to ragweed, you might develop allergy symptoms if you spend time outdoors, especially on windy days. Even if ragweed doesn’t grow in your area, the pollen can travel hundreds of miles in the wind.

Mold

Mold spores are a top cause of allergic rhinitis, and mold can grow just about anywhere. In the fall, damp areas like wet piles of fallen leaves are perfect places for mold spores to multiply.

Autumn’s cooler, damper weather means mold spore counts are higher than they are in the dry heat of summer. Raking leaves, doing fall yard cleanup, or otherwise disturbing a pile of damp leaves can release mold spores into the air and make your seasonal allergy symptoms worsen.

Going back to school

For children with seasonal allergies, going back to school can exacerbate their symptoms. Mold and dust mites are often prevalent in schools and other public buildings, so you might notice that your child’s allergy symptoms are worse as school starts again.

Dust mites are found in homes, too, and turning on your furnace for the first time as temperatures drop could send dust mites into the air. Changing your air filters before you start using the furnace in fall can help reduce these common indoor allergens.

Managing seasonal allergies

If you suffer from sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose as the seasons change, you could have seasonal allergies. An allergy test at Allergy & Environmental Treatment Center LLC can determine what your triggers are so you can avoid them and manage your symptoms.

We offer skin tests to identify allergens, and we talk with you about your symptoms and your habits to narrow down your triggers. Then we recommend a treatment strategy to help keep you comfortable throughout the season.

One of the best ways to manage fall allergies is avoiding your triggers. Keep your home dry and free of dust and pollen. In areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and entranceways, consider removing rugs or floor mats that don’t dry quickly, and think about getting an air filtration system to reduce pollen and mold in the air. Keep your windows closed and limit your time outdoors on particularly windy days.

Completely avoiding triggers isn’t possible, but many people find that their symptoms improve with some lifestyle adjustments. If you’re still dealing with annoying symptoms, medications to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms include saline nasal sprays and oral antihistamines.

Make your fall allergies more manageable with our expert care. Schedule an allergy consultation online, or call our office at 480-634-2985 today.

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