Prevent Fall Allergy Woes
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
August is a hot month that makes us start counting down the days until fall. Those cool mornings, the leaves changing, staying home with a book, sneezing and sniffling: these are all some of our favorite autumn activities. Wait, what? Sneezing and sniffling might not be on your favorites list, but fall allergies are right around the corner. Now is the time to prepare and prevent the worst of your allergic reactions.
Fall poses a different set of allergies than the traditional springtime pollen allergies, which also come with beautiful flowers and longer days. Ragweed pollen is a very common allergen and it spreads from August to November, depending on where you live. Mold thrives in damp environments, and the rotting leaves from your trees offer a great space for them to live. All in all, fall might be a worse time for your allergies than spring.
Check Your Home
Before the weather becomes unbearably cold, now is a good time to do one last deep clean of your home, yard, and garage. Clear out leaves, have a yard sale, and organize your closet. If you suspect something, call a specialist who can identify mold or water damage that may spell mold in the future. Spending some time scrubbing bathrooms might reveal little colonies of mold, too. Getting rid of mold before winter will make your home a more pleasant place to hide out from the cold.
Find a Plan that Works
Whether you swear by local honey or a concoction of medications, having a plan of attack when allergies strike will make you a much happier person. Nothing is worse than feeling allergies come on but having nothing to manage your symptoms. If you’re out working in the yard and raking up leaves, wearing a protective face mask can help keep allergens from entering your nose and mouth. If you live in a humid environment, buying a dehumidifier might help if you’re sensitive to dust. It also cuts down on what mold loves: humidity.
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