Fall allergies and their attendant miseries, that’s what. While non-allergy sufferers assume that springtime is the worst season for allergies, late summer and autumn are actually more problematic, as far as symptoms go, especially for those allergic to ragweed and mold. Ragweed pollen and mold are often heavily accumulated in damp leaf cover, and when those leaves are disturbed, sinus headaches, nasal congestion, asthma and itchy eyes are the result.
Some simple preventive strategies that I use will help keep fall allergy symptoms at bay so you can better enjoy the season:
- Avoid fall lawn work if at all possible, especially during the early morning hours when pollen counts are high. If you do spend any length of time outdoors, remove and launder your clothes as soon as you get in the house, and shower before going to bed. This will prevent pollen and irritants from disseminating throughout your home.
- Keep windows closed and use central air conditioning if you have it.
- Don’t hang laundry on an outdoor clothesline.
- Try over-the-counter medications first, and if they offer no relief, consult your doctor for next steps.
Consider investing in a central vacuum system to more effectively remove the allergic particles that do enter your home. Allergy sufferers often bemoan the fact that traditional vacuum cleaners, even those equipped with good filters, tend to suck up only a portion of contaminants, then disburse the remaining particles into your indoor air, further aggravating symptoms. A central vacuum system operates by attaching a lightweight hose to special outlets in your walls, and through a series of interconnected tubes carries dirt, particles, and even fine grains of pollen away from your living quarters and into a sealed container located in the garage, basement or storage closet. Installation usually takes just one day, so the benefits can be appreciated almost immediately.