Fall is a beautiful season; the leaves change colors and the temperatures begin to drop from the heat of summer.  But those with allergies may not feel the same way.  In about mid-August, hay fever begins to wreak havoc.  It’s not what you’re thinking – people don’t contract hay fever from coming in contact with hay.  Really, it’s a term for the symptoms of late Summer and early Fall allergies.  Victims of hay fever and also those with asthma suffer from watering eyes, a runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and an itchy throat.  Instantly, the beauty of Fall is ruined by terrible allergies.  What causes hay fever anyway?  We’ll explain, and also provide some tips on how to ease the pain of fall allergies.

The main culprit for allergies this fall is ragweed pollen.  Ragweed is a plant that grows in every state except for Alaska, and can be found growing on the side of the road or in large fields.  While each plant only lasts for one season, ragweed definitely leaves a legacy behind.  A single ragweed plant can produce up to one billion lightweight pollen grains that easily float through the air.  Though we may appreciate the lingering warm weather of summer during the beginning of the fall season, it is actually prolonging people’s fall allergies.  Ragweed’s reign of terror lasts up until the first hard freeze of the season, which means that people will be feeling these allergies for quite a while.  And to make matters worse, chores characteristic of fall, such as raking leaves, continue to exacerbate the problem.  Raking leaves kicks up resting pollen and irritates the sinuses and the throat.  For the sake of those with fall allergies, we should all be praying for a quick transition to cooler weather.

So what is the best way to avoid these awful allergies?  Experts say that the most effective method is avoiding contact with pollen altogether.  But, we know that is difficult when there are leaves to be raked, apples to be picked, and pumpkin spice lattes to be had.  Here are a few tips to help you minimize the damage caused by ragweed pollen this fall:

  1. Change your clothes when you come in from contact with pollen: Pollen will stick to your clothes and then get stuck on surfaces like your furniture, living rent free and irritating your allergies at all times.  When you come in from outside, change your clothes and wash your hands thoroughly
  2. Shower every night before bed: Even if you change your clothes, pollen could still be resting on your skin.  When you hop into bed for the night, that pollen will remain in bed with you and continue to trigger your symptoms.  Showering before bed is the best way to be sure that you are not carrying any allergens into bed with you.
  3. Regularly clean bathroom and kitchen areas to avoid mold spores: Mold is another allergen that comes out to play in the fall, and it is easy to miss growing in your home.  Check places that have a lot of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen regularly, and clean up any spots where mold is beginning to grow.  
  4. Close your windows and doors: The end of summer is one of the best times to have the windows open because of the optimal temperatures, but it’s also one of the worst times for people with allergies.  An open window is an open invitation for pollen and other allergens to float into your home and trigger your allergies for months to come.  Enjoy the weather from afar, through the closed windows- you’ll be happy you did.
  5. Consider changing your air filter: One of the simplest ways to remove allergens from your home is to make sure that your air filters are clean and have recently been replaced.  Clear Air Club makes it our mission to provide a quick and simple subscription plan so you don’t have to worry about when your filters need to be replaced.  We deliver fresh filters right to your door on schedule so you can rest assured that you are breathing clean air.  We carry filters that rid your air of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and more! You can kiss your allergy symptoms goodbye and say hello to better air quality inside your home today.