When most people think of seasonal allergies, they associate it with Spring. For some allergy sufferers, the Fall can be a troublesome time as well. Runny noses, itchy eyes and scratchy throats can ruin this time of year, but there are steps you can take to prevent allergy symptoms.
Hay Fever Isn’t Caused by Hay
Ragweed is a yellow flower that is found nationwide and typically blooms in mid to late August. In most cases, ragweed is responsible for Rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. Allergy sufferers may be affected until the first freeze of the year kills the plant. Before then, check your yard for any signs of ragweed and destroy it. This could help to keep you more comfortable around your home.
Monitor Lingering Warm Weather
Even if you don’t suffer from Fall allergies, stretches of warm weather during the season can cause symptoms to sneak up on you. Despite cold weather preceding the warmer temperatures, pollen-producing plant life may still be present. Be sure to check the weather report and take allergy medication on days where the outdoor temperature may be higher than normal.
Raking Leaves Can Cause Severe Symptoms
Think twice about jumping into a large pile of leaves if you have Fall allergies! Raking or moving leaves can stir up resting pollen and mold. If you have to tidy up the yard, be sure to wear a painter’s mask to prevent inhalation of these irritants.
Change Your HVAC Filter
As the air begins to chill, there’s no better feeling than the warmth of your home heating system. But, your air ducts can collect a surprisingly large amount of dust, pet dander and outdoor pollen throughout the year. Be sure to prevent these allergens from spreading through your home by changing or cleaning your home heating system’s air filter.
Beginning to Feel Symptoms? Visit an Allergy Specialist
If you’re beginning to feel your nose run or your eyes water, especially as the seasons change, it may be time to visit an allergy specialist! Madison ENT can test exactly what you’re allergic to and offer the right solution for you and your symptoms. To make an appointment please call (212) 213-3339.