The fall season is one that many folks look forward to, specifically for the relief from sweltering summer heat and the change over to cooler temperatures. However, with this seasonal change comes the emergence of fall allergies.
Do Fall Allergies Exist?
The spring season isn’t the only time of year where plants can bloom. The main culprit: Ragweed, which begins it’s assault on the sinuses in late August. In fact, if you already struggle with spring time allergies, you can almost bet that you will struggle with fall allergies due to the blooming of ragweed.
How do I know if I have fall allergies?
It can be confusing because the slightest of colds can have nearly identical symptoms. The typical signs and symptoms to look for when trying to figure out if you’re battling fall allergies or a cold are sneezing, sore or scratchy throat, and a stuffy or runny nose.
How Long Can Fall Allergies Last?
Typically, fall allergies will last until first frost, which in certain parts of the country can be in late October to early November. Coupled with the impending cold and flu season, battling fall allergies can become much more than simply sniffles and sneezes which can make it seem never ending.
How to Beat Fall Allergies
Keeping track of pollen count numbers and plan your exposure (time outdoors) accordingly. Changing your clothes and/or showering after being outdoors as soon as you get home also helps to cut down the exposure while indoors. Purchasing a hepa air filter and keeping surfaces dusted can also help control the amount of allergens brought in from outside.
Drinking lots of water, tea, and adding in a supplement to help boost your immune system can help to keep the immune system running in top shape and better able to fight off the symptoms of allergies.