Fall can be a particularly tough season for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Read on to learn more about the common symptoms and causes of fall allergies.
Fall has officially arrived and for some, this season brings on unfavorable allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re not alone because more than 35 million Americans suffer from fall allergies as well!
Let’s begin with a brief review of the symptoms that are commonly associated with fall allergies:
- Dark circles under eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
These symptoms can be triggered for a number of reasons. For instance, inhalant allergens are substances that can trigger allergy symptoms; they can be divided into two types: perennial and seasonal. Perennial are present throughout the year, while seasonal occur during distinct periods of time.
Usually plants pollinate in three seasons: fall, spring and winter. During the spring, trees pollinate. In the summer, grasses pollinate. Finally, in the late summer and early fall, weeds begin to pollinate—most commonly, ragweed.
This allergen grows in the South, North and Midwest regions. It’s a lightweight grain that can travel up to 400 miles in the wind. This means that it doesn’t have to grow where you live in order for you to be affected.
Another fall allergy trigger is mold. Outdoor molds usually appear in early spring; however, it flourishes until the first frost. Molds are most common in the fall on the leaves that cover the ground, as well as in soil and compost piles. Mold spores thrive in damp conditions and are the most common airborne allergens. Mold spores can be inhaled into the lungs, which can cause allergic reactions.
Dust mites and other weeds can cause allergies as well.
If your allergy symptoms worsen in the fall, you likely have an outdoor fall allergy. Check back in the coming weeks when we discuss the viable treatment options that are available.