It is common to associate seasonal allergies with Spring. As the temperatures begin to warm, new plants bloom, and the world seems green again. That new growth often gets the blame for itchy eyes and "hay fever." Other plants, however, have different growing seasons, and some that trigger allergies which flourish during alternate seasons. Moreover, many common allergens aren't plant-based at all. Indoor-related allergens, in fact, are worse when temperatures cause us to want to spend more time at home.
As we head into Fall, ragweed and goldenrod pollens are prolific. If you are feeling itchy, sneezy, and wheezy, these two plants might be the cause. If it seems that your allergies flare when a chill in the air keeps you confined to indoor places, you might have sensitivity to things like dust mites, cockroaches and animal dander.
To keep decrease symptoms of indoor allergies, there are some preventative measures you can take. Keep pets out of your bedroom and off the couch. If you have carpets, vacuum them frequently to rid them of pet dander and dust mites. Further measures to reduce dust mites include: regularly washing bedding in hot water; purchasing dust mite-proof mattress and pillow encasements; and decreasing the number of stuffed animals in children's' rooms.
Despite your best efforts, your fall and cool weather allergies may continue to get the best of you. When all else fails, and you still need allergy relief, pay a visit to Dr. Eades and the Southern Allergy and Asthma staff.