Your spring allergies finally disappear around June or July and you savor a breath of fresh air, free of your antihistamines and tissues. But now autumn is here and you begin suffering from those ‘other’ allergens. Are they the same culprits? The answer is YES and NO.
What Are the Similarities Between the Two?
First are the symptoms and treatments, such as:
- Your body is reacting to a variety of allergens in your environment.
- These are leading to the typical runny nose, itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat and respiratory symptoms…like asthma.
- The treatment for these ailments stay about the same…preventive medications, allergy shots.
- The aggravation, frustration, side effects from the medications, and other results from the allergies, don’t change.
What are the Differences Between Spring and Fall Allergies?
- Spring allergies are derived mostly from tree pollen, some plants, and grass.
- Fall allergens are exacerbated by weed pollen, ragweed, mold and dust mites.
What can you do to Lower the Risks of Fall Allergies?
- Mold grows in dampness and thrives in piles of fallen leaves. If your kids like to play in the leaves, be sure to wash them and their clothing after. Even the dog should be wiped down or else it will shake pollen everywhere inside.
- If you have a child that suffers from any kind of asthma or respiratory ailment, don’t allow them around the leaves.
- For ragweed, stay indoors when possible, keep your windows closed and check pollen counts. (See the Allergy Tracker at close of this Blog)
- It’s a good idea to wear a mask when you mow or are raking leaves.
- Getting a dehumidifier for your home will lower the chances of developing mold and is a great health benefit. The American Lung Association recommends about 40-60 relative humidity.
- See if you can get a HEPA filter for your heating and cooling system, or at least a ‘Merv’10 filter.
- Keep your blankets, bedding and carpets clean and dust free.
- Have your HVAC system checked and maintained in early autumn and get dust mites and allergens out the air with clean air filters.
What the Experts Say
The ARA (Applied Research Associates, Inc. Health Division) says:
“No matter the season, it’s important for those who think they may be suffering from allergies or asthma to see a board-certified allergist…
Having your allergies properly identified and treated will help you and your family enjoy the season.”
They also quote the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:
* Hay Fever? – Hay fever, a term from a bygone era, actually has nothing to do with hay. Instead, it’s a general term used to describe the symptoms of late summer allergies. Ragweed is a common cause of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis…
* Lingering Warm Weather – While most people enjoy Indian Summer, unseasonably warm temperatures can make rhinitis symptoms last longer. Mold spores can also be released when humidity is high, or the weather is dry and windy…
* Pesky Leaves – Some folks might find it difficult to keep up with raking leaves throughout the autumn. But for allergy sufferers, raking presents its own problem. It can stir agitating pollen and mold into the air, causing allergy and asthma symptoms…wear a NIOSH rated N95mask when raking leaves, mowing the lawn and gardening.
* School Allergens –…Kids are often exposed to classroom irritants and allergy triggers. These can include chalk dust and classroom pets. Students with food allergies may also be exposed to allergens in the lunch room…Be sure to notify teachers and the school nurse of any emergency medications…
And from The Department of Energy comes a story of one person’s struggle with allergies and the solutions they tried. Read the entire report at:
Keep up With HVAC Maintenance
If your filter looks anything like this, you know that particles, dust and pollen are making their way into the air in your home, creating a hazard to your family’s health. Take the advice of the experts, and Abel Heating and Cooling, and don’t neglect the maintenance of your HVAC system. It only takes a few minutes to install a new clean filter, or call us for a pre-winter system check-up.
Try Allergy Tracker on the Internet
Here is a great tool in tracking air quality in your neighborhood, Click Here to Try Allergy Tracker Select ‘Health’ on the top bar, and you’ll see ‘Allergy Tracker’ at the top of the drop down. Select it and enter your zip code or city.
At Abel Heating & Cooling we have technicians with the expertise to answer your questions and give you the best ideas in protecting you and your family’s health, and in saving money and energy dollars for the winter ahead.
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