Summer is almost over. With less pollen in the air, summer allergies are almost done but it’s now time to prepare to prevent fall allergies.
Fall allergens like ragweed, mold and dust remain a problem for many people. Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. This yellow-flowering weed typically begins pollinating in August, affecting people as its pollen can travel for hundreds of miles with the wind. Mold allergies are also common as its spores can easily get airborne. Mold thrives in damp areas such as piles of leaves in yards and streets. Dust mites are a common indoor allergen and continue to make their way into your nose during the fall.
Runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes are the most common symptoms of fall allergies, which are triggered when foreign invaders enter the nose and the immune system mistakenly releases antibodies, which attack the allergens, leading to the release of chemicals called histamines, and triggering runny nose and itchy eyes.
Boosting your immune system is one of the best ways to prevent fall allergies. Immune system supplements can strengthen the body’s defenses but there are a few easy ways for keeping these triggers at bay in your home to ensure that you are comfortable during the fall allergy season.
Cleaning is a must. Keep your house and work place clean and free of dust can make a big difference if you suffer from allergies. Vacuuming and dusting should be a priority in the fall. Try to reduce the amount of mold by cleaning your bathrooms regularly as well as your bathroom windows and walls. Use a mix of water and bleach to kill mold and bacteria, and then turn on the fan to circulate air. Don’t forget to air out your home. Check local allergy forecast before you open the windows and avoid peak allergy hours.
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