Every year more than 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, including fall allergies. Not only does this heightened sensitivity to environmental change costs the U.S. economy more than $7 billion in lost productivity, but these fall allergens have a big effect on the way some individuals live.
If you’re one of the 35 million people who are confronted with itchy eyes, uncontrollable sneezes and a scratchy throat, you’re likely more concerned about battling the symptoms rather than spending time outside, enjoying the changing leaves, cooler weather, pumpkin carving and football games.
Unfortunately, this year’s ragweed season, commonly known as fall, is expected to run as much as a month longer than usual, with the possibility of lasting through November in some parts of the nation. Thankfully, these three tips will help you prevent and remedy pesky fall allergies, so you can spend this spice-filled season sniffle-free.
1. The Ragweed Remedy
Ragweed pollen can travel as much as 400 miles away from the plant, making it one of the trickiest allergies to avoid. This yellow weed blooms in August but lasts until well after the first solid freeze, causing it to affect nearly 75% of allergy sufferers.
The best thing you can to do prevent falling victim to ragweed pollen is to actively monitor your local pollen count through daily, local news. Take preventative measures if you’re planning to go outdoors: wear a painters mask to filter the pollen, take the required dose of anti-allergy medications and try to avoid the peak pollen hours of late morning through early afternoon.
2. Mitigate Mold and Mildew
Unfortunately these nasty fungi thrive both indoors and outdoors, making them hard to escape. Like pollen, mold and mildew produce spores that are easily spread by wind, indoor fans and air conditioning. Though these fungi are present year-round they have a tenancy to be more active during the fall when fallen leaves and compost piles are dampened from light frost and morning dew.
Choose a day during early-to-mid fall for mold and mildew prevention. Clean out your gutter and rake up fallen leaves, making sure to dispose of them in the process. Clean your compost bins regularly and be sure they are as far from your house as possible. Also, be sure to wear a protective mask and eyewear when mitigating mold and mildew, and consider washing your clothes immediately to prevent spreading allergens throughout your house.
3. Destroy Dust Mites
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported that more than 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy. These nasty mites thrive in warm, humid climates and produce waste that’s filled with allergens. Many individuals notice excessive sneezing, congestion, coughing, and itchy eyes after first turning on the heat in the fall, because it causes these allergens to get stirred up in the air.
Before you even consider firing up the heater in your home, be sure to vacuum and clean your home to rid it of any dormant mites and allergens. Consider installing a HEA air filter, encasing beds and pillows with mite-proof cloth and regularly washing bedding with hot water to kill mites and other germs.
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