Get Ready for Fall Allergy Season!

Wednesday September 22, 2021 is the first day of fall. Spring has sprung and now it’s time for Fall to fall. And with fallen leaves, the season brings an uprise in allergies.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do my allergies get worse in the fall season?” Even if it’s never occurred to you before, the fall is often a time of year when allergy symptoms start to flare up.  Cool autumn air can harbor irritants as unpleasant as pollen.

The most common irritant that is prevalent in the fall is ragweed. Even if you don’t live near ragweed, it can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind. There’s an old Monty Python joke about whether or not coconuts can migrate. Well, Ragweed sure can.

7 Strategies for Preventing Fall Allergies

When fall allergy season is upon us, you can expect the usual suspects

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose

Just as with other seasons you can help prevent these symptoms with these seen strategies to prevent fall allergies

  1. Find a good allergist – They can help determine what is irritating you and strategize avoiding it.
  2. Fight allergies naturally with ingredients like Quercetin and Bromelain which are found in natural antihistamine supplements like Histamine Shield Plus.
  3. Keep your covid mask handy. When you are heading into areas with high pollen, ragweed, dust or other irritants, you can don a filter mask to keep the air you breathe less contaminated.
  4. Air purifiers are great for allergy symptoms, but make sure they have a HEPA filter. HEPA is a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (filter) that removes dust, germs, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, pollen, smoke, and some chemicals from the air. 
  5. Saline nasal rinses like Neti-Pot and Navage, all have the same basic concept of rinsing contaminants out of your nose and sinuses
  6. Change Your Air Conditioner and Furnace Filter.  When your filter isn’t changed regularly, it lowers performance and allows dust and allergens to pass by and blow them throughout the house. 
  7. As a last resort, you can go with the typical antihistamines available over the counter. But be aware of the various side effects.

Here’s where you can find more about the American Lung Association’s asthma learning course.