For many, fall is the perfect time of year. From Sunday night football to Halloween season to pumpkin spice lattes, autumn has a lot to offer—including allergies. Many people associate seasonal allergies with springtime, but many suffer from autumn allergies, too. With the temperatures dropping and leaves falling, you might find yourself with itchy eyes and a running nose while enjoying the crisp cool air.
Knowing how autumn allergies affect your daily life will allow you to prepare to combat them. Let’s explore how to prepare for autumn seasonal allergies and the different allergy triggers.
Allergies vs. Common Cold
Sometimes allergy symptoms can be like the symptoms of the common cold or mild flu. If you’ve experienced seasonal allergies, you might get sick easier during this time. It would be best to monitor your symptoms in case they become worse or indicate they may be something else.
A key indicator to know the difference between a common cold and allergies is if you’re experiencing a fever or body aches. It’s important to catch and treat these symptoms to prevent sinus congestion. Your sinuses are important; they help keep your body healthy and bacteria-free.
Allergens From School
As the summertime ends, parents around the country brace themselves for the upcoming school year. Many parents find that their children’s allergies worsen when they return to school. Allergy triggers from school can include allergens from other classmates, cleaning supplies, hair from pets, or dust around the classroom.
If your child has allergies, try to educate them on the best practices to avoid triggering them. Ensure your child’s school has medication available to treat their condition in case of an allergy flare-up.
Lingering Warm Weather
Sometimes the summertime doesn’t want to leave, and the fall weather won’t arrive until late October and November. This can cause confusing weather patterns with cold mornings and hot afternoons. Unpredictable weather patterns can trigger allergies. You can prepare for confusing weather patterns by taking your allergy treatments early and getting a daily dose of vitamin C and D.
Steady Mold Growth
Mold growth is a year-round issue, especially if you live around water. Steady mold growth can become a problem once the weather changes—bringing in heavy rainfall. Mold grows in moisture-rich places, like leaf piles and gutters, and can grow in indoor areas, like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. You can prepare and prevent this autumn seasonal allergy trigger by keeping the environment dry and wearing a mask when you’re in contact with mold.