Allergies are no fun. Mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and even foods can cause allergic reactions. Sometimes it’s those small airborne substances that invite seasonal allergies into your life. When many are tossing open their windows and welcoming Fall, allergy suffers sometimes take a different approach to reduce allergens in the home.
(Today’s post is sponsored by Minute Clinic)
Did you know that 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don’t even know it? That’s because many people confuse the symptoms of fall allergies with a common cold. I was one of those people that thought I always had a cold. I didn’t think about allergies until I realized my sniffles and stuffiness came the same time a few years in a row. Now when my eyes get itchy and my nose is stuffed to the brim, I know what time it is. All this talk about Fall allergies may have you wondering what the difference is between Spring and Fall allergies?
It’s important to note that the symptoms for all allergies are the same, regardless of whether they present themselves in the spring or fall. Itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headache, sinus pressure are general allergy symptoms.
While symptoms are generally the same, there are more allergy triggers in the Fall. Typically, weed pollens, like ragweed and mold allergies, as well as dust mites, flare up when Fall arrives. Come Spring, outdoor allergens like tree pollens are more likely to cause your allergies. Now that we have that out of the way, don’t get caught red-eyed like I used to. Check out these Tips to Reduce Allergens in the Home During Fall!
Tips to Reduce Allergens in the Home During Fall
- It’s impossible to keep your kids from coming into contact with pollen, but you can try and reduce the amount that comes in the house. Have shoes removed at the door, along with coats, and if your kids have been outdoors for quite awhile, have them change clothes and toss their outfit in the laundry.
- In early Fall, keep your windows closed from 10AM – 4PM. This will reduce your exposure to allergens like ragweed. Ragweed pollen is one of the main fall allergy triggers and one of the worst culprits as it’s getting stronger and growing longer across the U.S. Ragweed is nearly impossible to avoid and Ragweed allergy season seems to begin in early August, through mid-October so we are right in the middle of it.
- Cleaning and changing air filters every three months helps reduce the amount of dirt, debris, and allergens that you come in contact with everyday.
- Window fans are convenient, but they tend to bring in unwanted pollens and mold pores If you can, avoid using window fans to reduce allergens in the home.
- Fall brings cooler temps and has us pulling out cozy quilts and kicking on the heater. Quilts and heaters that can be the home to dust mites. Dust mites are a common allergy that get stirred into the air and inflame symptoms. Reduce allergens in the home by washing your bedding every two weeks.
Allergy symptoms can usually be controlled with treatment and you can get allergy relief fast at Minute Clinic. Nasal saline, decongestants and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines may help relieve symptoms, and there are plenty of options at Minute Clinic. Their nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.
The best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergen – whatever it may be.
How do you Reduce Allergens in the Home During Fall?