When summer’s blooms fade away, you may think allergy season is finally over. But depending on your trigger, this time of year may be even worse for symptoms.
To help you safeguard against flare-ups in the next few months, here are four things you might not know about fall allergies from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
Pollen is still a problem. Ragweed pollen is one of the primary causes of seasonal allergies, and it travels far. A single plant may produce up to 1 billion pollen grains, and wind can carry it hundreds of miles away. Pollination peaks around mid-September but it could continue to be a problem until the first frost depending on your location.
Fallen leaves harbor irritants. Piles of damp leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold, and raking will stir up spores and pollen. Before you begin yard work, make sure to wear a protective mask to block out these irritants.
Warm temps make mold allergies worse. Most people love when summer weather lasts into fall, but unseasonably warm temperatures can make allergy symptoms hang around longer. Mold spores flourish when the humidity is high and spread though the air in dry, windy conditions.
Indoor allergies are an issue, too. If your symptoms flare up when you’re not outside, indoor irritants and allergens may be the problem, especially in the classroom. Exposure to chalk dust, class pets, and cleaning products can cause you or your child to suffer symptoms.
If you find yourself sneezing and sniffling through fall, then it’s time to find relief. A homeopathic medicine like RhinAllergy is a great first line of treatment. It’s made with a blend of six of the most used allergy remedies including Ambrosia artemisiaefolia — the homeopathic preparation of ragweed — to relieve symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies such as itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* It’s available in meltaway tablets or you can take without water and meltaway pellets for children ages 2 and up.
*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.