When many people think of allergies, they think of springtime pollen or hay fever – but as most sufferers know, fall has its own unique allergy challenges.
Here are five of the most common allergens you’re likely to encounter this fall, and what to do about them:
- Weeds and leaves – Pollen from decaying leaves and weeds causes most of autumn’s allergy problems. Fall pollen is typically smaller and harder to spot than spring pollen, making It a difficult fall foe. To combat fall pollen,
- Minimize your time outdoors on dry, windy days.
- Delegate outdoor fall cleanup chores that can stir up allergens.
- Remove and clean clothing that you’ve worn outdoors, including shoes.
- After spending time outside, shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Don’t hang laundry to dry outside, where airborne pollen can stick to clothing.
- 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. Vigilance is the key here – clean and sweep floors, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and wipe furniture surfaces clean regularly. If you have an unusual amount of dust buildup in your home and own a forced air HVAC system, you could have a duct leak problem; consider having your ducts checked by a professional.
- 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. Follow directions listed in “weeds and leaves” above.
- Cockroaches – The population of these pests, which can be potent allergens, tends to spike during the fall. If you see them, take steps to eradicate them.
Just like in the spring, taking steps to minimize your exposure to fall allergens is the key to reducing allergy suffering. If you spend a lot of time indoors – and most of us do – a whole-house air cleaner will dramatically boost your fall allergy defense.
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