Oh No! Just When You Thought You Were Done with Those Tissues and Antihistamines!
From the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology we learn:
“As most allergy sufferers will tell you, allergy symptoms can always be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing season. A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen. But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year.”
What are Some of the Culprits?
LEAVES – However you choose to remove leaves from around your property, or if you just let them stay and decompose, they still stir up pollen and mold into the air. It is recommended that anyone with severe allergy or respiratory ailments wear a NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) rated N95 mask when close to layers of fallen leaves, mown grass or dried gardens in the fall.
HAY FEVER – This is a term used to describe symptoms of late summer and early fall allergies. Ragweed is one causing agent of allergic rhinitis, or a runny, inflamed nose. Ragweed begins to pollenate in mid-August and may continue to be a problem up to a hard freeze.
INDIAN SUMMER – Lingering unseasonably warm weather can make allergies and rhinitis last longer. One good way to track your personal allergy flare ups is at www.mynasalallergyjournal.org.
SCHOOL ALLERGIES – We often overlook the allergy dangers children can be exposed to at school. Triggers can include; chalk dust, classroom pet dander, food allergies from the cafeteria, or poor air quality in older buildings. Many parents may not be aware of EIB (exercise-induced bronchoconstriction) some children experience during recess or gym class.
Another good site to visit www.AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org.
Some Facts About Fall Allergies
- About 75% of people allergic to spring plants also have reactions to fall allergens.
- Ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind.
- Some people who are allergic to ragweed find that certain foods such as; fruits, vegetable, bananas, melon and zucchini can also cause allergies.
- Not only will mold and spores that are located in piles of damp leaves cause allergies, but beware of any molds found in your basement or bathroom after an especially wet summer.
- Dust mites are common during humid summer months and can be stirred into the air the first time you turn on your heat in the fall, causing allergy irritants for those who are sensitive.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
How are Fall Allergies Diagnosed?
Discussing your allergy-like symptoms with your doctor is the first step. He may recommend a skin test. This usually is on your back or forearm. He will prick or scratch the skin with an allergic agent. If you are reactive to it, you’ll get a small, raised bump that itches like a mosquito bite.
Your doctor will then recommend solutions to treat any allergies present.
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.
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.
Keeping your home clean and free of pollen and ragweed dust is a good idea. Wear a mask when outdoors around blowing leaves.
Questions? Call us for more information. Take advantage of our technician’s advice and the indoor environmental consulting available at Abel Heating and Cooling.
Don’t neglect the maintenance of your HVAC system. Make an appointment for a pre-winter system check-up! Call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us.
Don’t suffer this allergy season.