Fall

Its fall and the summer blossoms have faded. Fall allergy triggers are diverse, but they can cause just as many symptoms as you have in spring and summer.

What Causes Fall Allergies?

Mold is alternative fall trigger. Damp leaves heaps are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

Dust mites while they are common through the humid summer months, they can get stirred into the air the first time you turn on your heat in the fall. Dust mites can trigger sneezes, wheezes, and runny noses.

Going back to school can also trigger allergies in kids because mold and dust mites are common in schools.

Symptoms

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Diagnosis

Your doctor or allergist can aid find out precisely what’s causing your watery, itchy eyes and runny nose. He’ll talk to you about your medical history and symptoms, and may recommend a skin test.

With a skin test, the doctor places a tiny amount of the allergen on your skin — usually on your back or forearm — and then pricks or scratches the skin underneath. If you’re allergic to it, you’ll get a small, raised bump that itches like a mosquito bite.

A blood test may be sometimes used to diagnose allergies.

Treatment

There are several medications you can use:

  • Prescription nasal spray – reduce nose inflammation.
  • Antihistamines – aid cease sneezing, sniffling, and itching.
  • Decongestants – assist clear mucus out of your nose.
  • Antihistamine eye drops.
  • Allergy shots – take longer to work but also lessen symptoms for longer.

You can buy specific allergy medications lacking a prescription, but it’s a good notion to talk to your doctor to make sure you choose the right one. Decongestant nasal sprays, for example, should only be used for three days. If you use them longer, you may really get more congested. And if you have high blood pressure, some allergy drugs may not be right for you.

Tips to Manage Symptoms

  • Stay indoors with the doors and windows shut when pollen is at its highest (generally in the mornings). Check pollen counts in your area.
  • Use a HEPA filter in your heating method for pollen, mold, and further particles removal from the air.
  • Use a humidifier if you need to, to keep your air at between 35% and 50% humidity.
  • Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don’t breathe in mold spores.

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