Throughout the fall, we are often reminded – in the harshest way possible – that fall allergies are still a thing. They cause our nose to run, our eyes to water, our throats to be scratchy, coughing round-the-clock, and so on. And most oftentimes, it’s taking place from the moment we wake up, to the moment we fall asleep. But when these symptoms not only start, but continue for weeks on end, it’s safe to say that fall allergies are very much upon us. When a “cold” can’t be slept away, it’s often time to decide that it’s not a cold at all – and that the effects might be far longer lasting. And dependent on the weather, rather than germs. What we might not stop to consider, however, is what causes them. But by working to pinpoint what ails us, we can reduce allergy symptoms before they even begin to take place.
Some of the most common triggers include:
Leaves – Sure they’re pretty while changing colors, but once they hit the ground, they’re a breeding ground for common allergens. Dust and all types of air particles (not to mention whatever’s growing on the leaves themselves) collects and hides within leaf piles. And there it sits until they’re collected.
Open Windows – It might be nice out and sound like an affordable way to cool off (or warm up) the house, but it also means letting all types of air particles into your living space. Rather than risking cold-like symptoms, spring for central heat or air. It’s a much more healthy way to breathe.
The Wind – A windy fall just might be the worst type of fall. Not only does it mean you have to deal with all the allergens already in your yard, but also the ones that are blown in from miles away. When windy, try to keep your home as airtight as possible. It can also be helpful to use an air purifier for extra allergy relief.
Décor – As cute as certain fall grasses, acorns, squashes or gourds, etc. might look inside the home, they could also be containing serious allergy triggers. This can also include lesser-known side effect causes, like candles or artificial scents. If you’re suffering from allergy-like symptoms that don’t lessen once inside the home, it might be best to avoid such décor items altogether, or opt for faux versions. (Which will also allow you to use them year after year.)
Being Cold – It can be hard to keep the thermostat too level when outside temperatures fluctuate greatly. However, when it becomes colder but you’re not ready to crank the heat, put on an extra layer of clothing. This will help keep the body regulated, while eliminating side effects like a runny nose. (Or if not completely eliminating it, to a certain point.)
Being Outside – No one wants to be a hermit, but some days it’s just smart to stay inside. Check local forecasts and if a particular count is slated to be high, it might be a good day for inside activities instead. You can also have an allergy test performed so you know what airborne particles cause you the most grief, and therefore, which ones to stay away from.
Fall allergies are certainly no picnic. But by better understanding what causes them, you can work to protect yourself from ongoing symptoms. Between avoiding outdoor triggers and keeping the interior clean, you can greatly reduce fall allergens, and therefore, the symptoms they cause.
Look into these methods and more this fall in order to keep your home as allergy free as possible.