Fall is just around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be wearing a sweater, drinking apple cider, and, if you are like me, planning a hilarious Halloween costume!
Unfortunately, pumpkins and football aren’t the only things that are in season during the autumn months. Falling leaves are pretty, but fall allergy symptoms lurk around every bend, waiting to make you feel miserable.
So what provokes fall allergy symptoms?
You might think that pollen isn’t much of a factor during the fall months, but in reality, that’s when most weeds pollinate. Ragweed is one of the worst offenders when it comes to allergy-causing weeds. A single ragweed can produce a whopping one billion grains of pollen!
As lovely as they are, fallen leaves are another major cause of fall allergies. Sneeze-inducing molds love piles of damp leaves, turning a pleasant Saturday afternoon of yard work into a nightmare for allergy sufferers. Mold can also collect inside your house, as anywhere damp is in danger.
Dust mites are a third potential allergen. They multiply during the warm, humid summer months, but often are circulated through your house the first time you turn on your heater.
What can you do about your fall allergies?
Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of the ragweed. Even if you remove all of it from your property, ragweed spores can still travel hundreds of miles on the breeze. However, if you wear a mask while outside during the morning and evening, you can help to limit your exposure to ragweed. Pollen rises into the atmosphere as the temperature of each day goes up, then descends back to the ground when the day cools.
To limit the expansion of mold, consider buying a dehumidifier. Some houses are more damp than others, so a dehumidifier can remove extra moisture from the air. However, be careful not to dry out the air in your house too much, or you will risk getting throat or nose problems from the dry air.
Also, consider wearing a mask when raking leaves. You should also remove leaves from your house’s roof and gutters, since decaying leaves are a breeding ground for mold.
Finally, your allergies may require a prescription to be kept in check. Pharmacies are stocked with a formidable arsenal of nasal sprays, pills, and creams that can help relieve sneezing, runny noses, dry skin, and other fall allergy symptoms.
Hopefully you’re able to curb your allergies without needing a prescription, but if you do, Discount Drug Network is always available to help. Our free prescription discount card can help you save money on all of your prescriptions.