According to the experts, the Fall Allergy Season has arrived early this year. Ragweed is in full swing more than a week early, and people are feeling the effects of allergies common to the changing seasons. Symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, sinus headaches, coughing and wheezing.
Along with ragweed, mold is a common allergy trigger in the fall as damp areas are prone to the development of spores particularly on wet leaves.
Dust mites may be stirred up when heating systems are turned on as the fall weather cools.
Tips to manage the fall allergy season include:
- Stay inside with windows closed during times of high pollen counts.
- Utilize a proper indoor air filtration system to remove harmful particles from the air.
- Before turning on the heat for the first time, clean the vents of dust and mold that may have accumulated during the summer when the system was not in use.
- Utilize a humidifier if needed to keep the air between 35% and 50% humidity.
- Wear a mask when raking leaves so as not to breathe in mold spores.
By following these tips, it’s possible to minimize the impact of the Fall Allergy Season.