According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, people with allergies to one type of plant pollen (or to dust, animals, and/or fungi) tend to develop allergies to other pollens as well. Approximately 10-20% of Americans suffer from ragweed allergy.” Symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, eczema, eye irritation, itchy throat or ears, cough, asthma, and wheezing.
Here I share some tips to reduce your allergy symptoms during the Fall Season.
- Ragweed is the most common fall allergen. Depending on location ragweed pollinates from August until October
- Mold spores and fungi are also triggers. Mold spores can breed in the damp leaves
- Dry indoor air causes dryness of the mucous membranes, which causes inflammation. Dust mites also become more active and increase symptoms when the heat is first turned on
- Keep the doors and windows closed and stay inside as much as possible to avoid contact with the allergens
- Have the heating vents cleaned and filter change before the heat is put on filter. A HEPA filter is recommended as it can trap irritating allergens
- Keeping the humidity between 35% and 50% can help moisten the mucous membranes and decrease the inflammation
- If you must rake the leaves wear a mask to reduce exposure
- Antihistamines, decongestants, allergy shots, herbal and homeopathic formulas, acupuncture, and chiropractic may also help decrease the symptom- Reduce foods like melons and bananas which are high in histamine