It’s finally fall, which means hot cocoa, color-changing leaves, and snuggly blankets. But there’s also a downside: seasonal allergies.
What are the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies?
The symptoms and intensity of seasonal allergies may vary from person to person. Below are some common symptoms:
- A runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles
What Causes Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies may affect nearly one in six Americans, so chances are you or someone you know has them. There are more causes of seasonal allergies than you would expect.
One of the main culprits of allergies is pollen. Pollen is harmless but for those with seasonal allergies, it causes coughing, a runny/stuffy nose, and itchy, watery eyes. The reason being that your body mistakenly thinks it dangerous and attacks it. There are different types of pollen, too. Tree pollen, grass pollen, flower pollen, and ragweed pollen all are common irritants. The thing about pollen is that even if you are allergic to pollen that isn’t native to where you live, you can still experience an allergic reaction to it; pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, and eventually make its way to the air you breathe.
Mold is another cause of seasonal allergies. With fall comes rain, which means there are more places mold spores are susceptible to grow since they thrive in damp environments. Raking up those wet piles of leaves in the fall can trigger allergies for some.
People can also be allergic to dust mites. While dust mites are common during the summer months, they can get stirred into the air the first time you use your heater in the fall, causing allergies. Sneezing, wheezing, and runny noses are all symptoms attributed to dust mite allergies.
An uncommon allergy trigger can be the back-to-school season, which happens around the start of fall. Things like chalk dust and classroom pets can cause allergies in children.
Tips to Relieve Symptoms
Allergies are no fun, but there are things you can do to relieve symptoms and enjoy the season comfortably.
Allergy medications and antihistamines are fairly common, effective ways to help alleviate allergies. Saline rinses can ease nasal congestion, while antihistamines can help with a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Using products with eucalyptus or menthol in them— like A88CBD™ Bath Bombs or A88CBD™ Muscle Salve—can potentially ease feelings of congestion. For more serious cases, looking into allergy shots or oral tablets might be beneficial. When considering allergy medications, talk to your doctor to make sure you get what is right for you. It is also worth noting that you can get a blood test to see exactly what things trigger allergies for you, which will help you better treat them.
Keeping Windows Closed
Opening a window to let the cool breeze of fall in might be appealing, but it’s probably not a good idea if you suffer from outdoor allergens like pollen and moldy leaves. Instead, opt for running the air conditioner. Using an air conditioner instead of opening windows for cool air can cut indoor pollen counts by 90% or more. Check your local weather report for daily pollen counts to stay informed.
Change Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter regularly can help ensure that the air blowing in your home is free of dust, mold, or pollen. HEPA air filters might provide additional allergy support due to their strong filtering qualities.
Vacuum and Dust Often
It is important to vacuum and dust often during fall allergy season to get rid of dust and any pollen that made its way into the house. This can also help with standard allergies to pet dander.
Seasonal allergies are a pain. However, being knowledgeable about their symptoms, causes, and how to relieve them can help you enjoy the fall season to its fullest!