The fall season brings a lot of exciting things with it—the change in weather, beautiful scenery, the approaching holidays, and more. However, one not-so-exciting thing about fall is another season of allergies. For many people, allergy symptoms jump to an all-time high in the fall. If you’re one of those people, here are some of the best ways to fight off your fall allergies.
Be Wary of Mold
Mold is a common cause of indoor and outdoor allergies. Early fall is peak mold season, which is one reason why your allergies might be flaring up. When all the leaves fall from the trees and collect on the ground, they can start to decompose and collect mold, especially after rain. Rake up leaves and other debris in your yard regularly to minimize mold near your home. Also, monitor your home’s interiors for mold. If your home is too humid, mold will grow more easily, so make sure you’re using a dehumidifier effectively in humid areas.
Improve Air Quality
As the weather gets colder, we tend to shut ourselves up inside, which leads to a stuffy house. It may help to run your air conditioning or air purifier system to circulate the air and keep pollen from staying trapped inside. If you don’t have an HVAC system with a built-in purifier, you can invest in a smaller, portable option for trouble spots around the house. Opening the windows can circulate the air, but this could let in more pollen, so using a purifier is preferable.
Cleaning often is key when dealing with seasonal allergies. Pollen, dust, and other triggers can collect in your carpet, furniture, and on surfaces. Expel these allergens by dusting, mopping, and vacuuming regularly. These chores are especially important if you have pets, as their fur and dander can cause allergies as well, especially if they go outdoors and track in more pollen.
Most people struggle with seasonal allergies the most during the spring and fall seasons, which means we’ve got another tough season to get through here. Hopefully, now that you know of the best ways to fight off your fall allergies, you can find some relief from your allergy symptoms this season.