Stop the Sneezing
Many people suffer from fall allergies as the seasons change. They’ll start sneezing or coughing or they will experience a runny nose, scratchy throat, or red eyes. Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies can tell you that they’re extremely bothersome and can even get in the way of one’s daily life. Fortunately, there are ways to find relief from fall allergies, and there are, in fact, ways to prevent them altogether.
There are multiple causes for fall allergies, but here are four of the most common:
1. Hay Fever
We’ve all heard allergies referred to before as hay fever. Surprisingly enough, hay fever has nothing to do with hay! It’s actually just a common term people use to describe late summer allergies. The most likely culprit for hay fever is ragweed, which usually pollinates in late spring and may continue to be a problem until there is a hard freeze, depending on where you live. People may also experience hay fever in the fall if they are sensitive to mold.
Warm summer weather can linger well into the fall. While we all love the warm autumn days, unseasonably warm weather can actually trigger fall allergies; mold spores can be released when temperatures are high and humid, or if the weather is windy and dry. Talk to your allergist about vaccines against fall allergies so you can enjoy the unseasonably warm fall days outside, rather than at home sick.
3. Autumn Leaves
While fall colors are absolutely stunning to look at, raking the fallen red, brown, and golden leaves can cause allergy sufferers no end of problems. Raking leaves can stir up mold and pollen into the air, so anyone who suffers from fall allergies should wear a mask while they are raking to avoid making their allergies even worse.
Even if you’re not raking leaves, fall leaves can be a source of allergens as they decay and stir up dust, mold, and pollen in the air.
4. Back to School
Fall is back-to-school season, and school is the perfect place for allergens to circulate as you (or your children) are exposed to more people, and thus more germs. Your kids may also experience asthma symptoms if they are exposed to allergens from irritants like chalk or classroom pets.
Get Rid of Fall Allergies
The good news is that you can get rid of fall allergies! Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce fall allergies so you can enjoy the season to its full extent. You can take over-the-counter medications to minimize your symptoms, or you can talk to your doctor about prescription medications. One of the best ways to avoid fall allergies is to visit your allergist and talk to him or her about being vaccinated. Vaccines are the best way to prevent the symptoms of fall allergies as they immunize you against the irritants and allergies that can cause you headaches, sneezing, coughing, an itchy throat, and red eyes. There’s no reason for you to suffer through the symptoms of fall allergies when modern medicine has the tools to reduce or eliminate your fall allergies. Ready to learn more? Contact us at White Oak Pediatrics today.