Ah…fall. The changing colors of the leaves and the crisp, cool temperatures can be just the weather change that many of us have been longing for.
For others, though, fall brings out the worst in your allergies. Those of us that suffer from fall allergies want so desperately to enjoy the beautiful weather, so why do allergies this season have to get in the way?
Read on as the team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial provides some answers.
What Are Allergies?
We all have them or know people who have them, but do we even know what they are? Basically, allergies happen when our eyes, mouth and nose become enflamed when our immune systems emit chemicals like histamine to get rid of normally harmless substances called allergens.
Most allergies are caused by the air we breathe and contact with other allergens such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores and pet dander.
- Runny/stuffy nose
- Watery eyes
- Lots of throat congestion
- Itchy nose and eyes
Why Does the Fall Make Them Worse?
Experts say that the biggest cause for allergies in the fall is weeds. Even if yours or your neighbor’s yard is mostly weed-free, you might not be in the clear as weed pollen can spread for miles due to fall winds.
If you’re not sure what the primary cause of your allergies is this season, start by checking ragweed pollen levels each day before heading outside. If the pollen levels are high and your allergy symptoms worsen, purchase and take some antihistamines to help battle your reactions.
Ways to Treat Allergies
- Use an over-the-counter nasal spray.
- Reduce your exposure to weeds, trees, grasses, molds or other allergens that are higher in pollen count.
- Wear a mask when raking leaves, mowing or gardening.
- Drink more water than normal.
- Purchase a dehumidifier to help lessen the effects of pollen that enters your home, as well as help you breathe easier.
Are allergies getting you down this fall? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Centennial for the treatment you need!