Hooray, it’s fall! Time for football, leaf peeping, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and allergies. Allergies? Yes, fall allergy triggers are here. The most common fall allergies are ragweed, mold and dust mites.
About 75% of people who experience spring allergy triggers are also sensitive to ragweed in the fall. Ragweed allergies begin with the cooler nights and warmer days of August and will last through September and October or until the first freeze kills the plant.
Even if you live in a city or a neighborhood where no ragweed is present, you can still experience ragweed allergies as the pollen from ragweed can travel hundreds of miles on the wind. One ragweed plant can produce 1 billion grains of pollen each season. That’s a lot of sniffling, sneezing and itchy red eyes!
Mold is another common fall allergy trigger. While you may be aware of the potential of mold and mildew to grow in damp areas of your house, such as bathrooms or basements, mold spores also love damp places outside.
Piles of damp leaves and compost piles are ideal breeding grounds for mold spores. Mold spores can be released when the humidity is high or the weather is dry and windy. Like pollen, mold spores are spread by the wind or indoor air. Unlike pollen, mold spores are not killed by the first freeze, but do go into a dormant stage.
Dust mites are a common year-round allergy. Turning your heat on for the first time in the fall can stir them up and cause sneezing, wheezing and runny noses. Dust mites thrive in temperatures ranging from the high 60’s to mid-70. They usually die in extreme temperatures or when the humidity drops below 70%.
Clean the air vents in your home before turning the heat on in the fall to help reduce the spread of dust mites. Running a dehumidifier and keeping the humidity in your home below 50% can help reduce dust mites.
Not sure if your sniffling, sneezing, runny nose and coughing are caused by allergies or the common cold? The duration of your symptoms can be the most important indicator. If your symptoms resolve within days to 2 weeks, it’s most likely a cold. If your symptoms persist for days to months, it’s most likely an allergy. Do you tend to experience symptoms at the same time of year, every year? Then, it’s most likely allergies. Other than time, how can you distinguish allergy symptoms from those of a cold?
|Itchy, watery eyes||Rarely||Often|
|Runny or stuffy nose||Often||Often|
Being a seasonal allergy sufferer, mold is my major trigger, I’ve come to rely on Native Remedies® Mucus-Clear™ to get me through both allergy and cold season. This all-natural homeopathic formula is easy to take, has no side-effects or interactions with other medications or supplements and works! During allergy season, I’m never without my Mucus-Clear. With the onset of symptoms, I follow the acute dosing instructions and then reduce my usage as symptoms subside.
- Homeopathic medicine temporarily relieves symptoms of congestion
- Temporarily clears excessive mucus and phlegm in the throat and lungs
- Helps reduce vocal cord strain and discourages hoarseness
- Helps reduce need for frequent throat-clearing
- Promotes natural decongestion and supports respiratory health
- The same great benefits of Mucus-Clear, but also helps you relax and supports peaceful sleep!
If you are looking for an all-natural solution to all your seasonal allergy symptoms, I would recommend Native Remedies® AllergiClear™-M to temporarily relieve symptoms including sneezing, coughing & red, watery eyes.
- Is the premier homeopathic medicine for allergies
- Helps dry up mucus and reduce stuffiness
- Alleviates dry, itchy patches to promote skin integrity
- Relieves red, swollen, burning eyes
- Soothes irritated, sore throat
- Relieves runny noses and watery eyes
- Supports long-term respiratory health and comfort
- Helps balance the body’s histamine response over time
Here’s to enjoying the fall season, with all it has to offer, without the annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies!
BY MARY ELLEN KOSANKE