Blossoms of summer are fading and autumn has started. Seasonal allergies are common but most common allergies are autumn allergies. All allergy triggers are unique but autumn can be tricky for allergic people. When it comes to seasonal allergies, most people think about the autumn pollen explosion. Inhalant allergens when inhaled by sensitive people can trigger allergy symptoms. Inhalant allergens come in 2 types depending on their persistence, which are perennial and seasonal. Perennial allergens exist throughout the year with minimal variations and seasonal allergens exist for distinct time periods in which these are present in the environment in large quantities.
Ragweed pollen is the most popular autumn allergen. Around 80% of autumn allergy sufferers are allergic to ragweed. Other weed allergies which exist in different parts of the world and cause autumn allergies includes duckweed, sagebrush, sheep sorrel, pigweed, lamb’s quarters, curly dock, goldenrod, English plantain, and cocklebur. Most common symptoms of fall allergies are dark circles under the eyes, itchy nose and eyes, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose. Symptoms of weed pollen allergies are most similar to classic hay fever symptoms. Over the counter antihistamines can reduce the discomfort and other symptoms.
Most common autumn allergies:
Ragweed plant is one of the major contributors to autumn allergies. A single ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen grains in a season. Ragweed plant grows amply throughout the Midwest, north, and south and its pollens are very lightweight which can travel up to 400 miles in the air. Ragweed is the predominant cause of airborne allergies in autumn. Ragweed can grow in open fields, along the road and vacant lots.
Outdoor molds are another cause of autumn allergy. Molds first appear in early spring but thrive on until the first frost. They are common in compost piles, soil and in the leaves that cover the ground during the autumn season. Mold spores are common airborne allergens. Mold spores are very small, light and easily inhaled into the lungs. These spores rise high in the environment during the warming of day, falling back in the cool evening. Mould allergy symptoms include watery eyes, itchy congestion, and runny nose. If you are an allergy sufferer, the mold is vital to consider and manage when autumn arrives. Mold spores are at peak during the autumn. Best way to avoid mold build up inside your home is keeping your house well ventilated. Leave open the windows for at least an hour a day.
Dust mite allergies:
Dust mites are microscopic Arthropods which primarily feed on human skin flakes (shed naturally). It is very difficult to get rid of dust mites. Dust mites are common allergens that thrive in the temperature ranging high 60s to mid-70s. Dust mites are indoor allergens that live and multiply easily in humid and warm places. They tend to take up residence in heating ducts during the months of summer. Be sure to do a complete fall cleaning when you turn up the heat this fall. It will help you avoid stirring dust mites into the air.