Fall Allergy Season: What You Need to Know to Cope

If you suffer from allergies, you have been living in misery for the past month or two now that autumn has arrived. You’re probably ready to escape your allergy symptoms and start enjoying the cooler weather, so here’s what you need to know about coping with fall allergy season.

Watch out For Ragweed

A full 75% of people who suffer from springtime allergies also experience strong allergic reactions to ragweed in the fall. Ragweed is a yellow flowering weed that starts to bloom in August. It lasts for many months in Florida due to the hot and humid weather. With no early winter frost to kill ragweed, it can linger through the holidays.

In order to stop the itchy eyes and congestion caused by ragweed, take these simple steps:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible on days with high pollen counts
  • Avoid outdoor activities during mid-morning and early afternoon
  • Always keep car and house windows completely closed to prevent infiltration
  • Vacuum your carpets regularly
  • Remove your outerwear before you walk into your house

Don’t Underestimate Mold and Mildew

Ragweed isn’t the only fall allergy suspect. Mold and mildew may also be causing your unwanted symptoms. They are both fungi that grow spores and spread with the movement of air. Mold and mildew love to thrive in your bathroom and kitchen areas, so clean especially well during the fall season. A dehumidifier is an important tool that pulls moisture out of the air to prevent the collection of mold and mildew.

Remember to Strengthen Your Immune System

Your immune system determines your response to allergens, which is why some people don’t experience any allergic reaction to common triggers while others go into sneezing and coughing fits. You can boost your immune system in a few different ways. Try natural remedies like raw, local honey and probiotics to boost your gut health.

In addition to natural remedies, make sure you visit your allergist for and immunology evaluation. At Kratz Allergy & Asthma in Odessa and Port Richey, Florida, Dr. Kratz can determine the specific causes of your allergy symptoms and give you allergy shots to reduce your reactions. Call (813) 670-7062 to schedule your appointment today. It isn’t too late to enjoy the cool autumn air!