Five common fall allergens – and how to protect against them
When most people think of allergies, they think of springtime – but fall is also a big allergy season, with its own challenges for managing symptoms and controlling exposure to airborne nasties.
Here are five of the most common fall allergens you’re likely to encounter this fall.
- Weeds and leaves – Fall weeds and decaying leaves cause most of autumn’s allergy problems. Pollen from autumn weeds is typically smaller and harder to spot than spring pollen, making It a difficult fall foe.
- Pets – Pet dander and allergens that outdoor pets bring into your home can be problematic to allergy sufferers. Bathe your pets more often in the fall (and spring) to reduce allergen exposure risk.
- Dust & dust mites – Dust mites are the number one indoor allergen; the more time you spend indoors, the higher the risk of allergy problems caused by these microscopic pests.
- Mold – Mold thrives in the fall, since it is nature’s leaf decay specialist. Mold releases millions of spores into the air and onto the ground to accomplish this task – which means it also spends a lot of time on your clothing and shoes. Whenever possible, take off your shoes off when you come in the house.
- Cockroaches – The population of these pests, which can be potent allergens, tends to spike during the fall.
Just like in the spring, taking steps to minimize your exposure to fall allergens is the key to reducing allergy suffering. A whole-house air cleaner or germicidal UV light will also dramatically boost your defense against fall allergens if you spend a lot of time indoors.
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