My throat is hurting, eyes are watering and nose is running – but allergy season was months ago, right? Actually, no. According to the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), fall allergies are a very real (and very common) problem as well. Ugh! But before you lock yourself in your home and never venture outside again, follow these tips to fight the dreaded allergy symptoms.
According to the ACAAI, “A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change. The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen.”
Additionally, fall allergies can cause hay fever, which is what happens when Ragweed begins to pollinate. This will go away once a hard freeze kills the plants – hopefully soon? – or you can get a prescription allergy pill or shot to manage the symptoms.
The lingering warm weather is also a contributing factor. Although we have already had some cold days in Addison, they are usually followed by extra warm days. The ACAAI says that mold spores can be released when humidity is high or when weather is dry and windy.
Also, the leaves that we love taking pictures of and jumping in can cause allergies as well. Raking them can stir pollen and mold in the air. Wear a mask to keep from breathing the irritating allergens while you are doing lawn work.
Finally, teachers and nurses are exposed to allergies at school. This can include chalk dust, classroom pets, food allergies in the lunchroom and more. If you have allergies or asthma, consider keeping a quick-relief inhaler or epinephrine on you.
If your fall allergies linger, even when you are inside and take proper precautions, it could be because you actually have a common cold. This can be cured with plenty of rest, drinking water, and using over-the-counter medication. If this happens, don’t worry – it’s a perfect time to catch up on holiday movies or your favorite TV shows!