Seasonal allergies aren’t just in the spring, some people can have them in the fall or even year-round.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology common causes of allergy symptoms in the fall include, lingering warm weather, autumn leaves, pollen, dust, mold, and the most common, Ragweed.
Outdoor pollutants that cause allergies can also be brought in on your clothes causing your symptoms to continue indoors.
Temperature and Humidity Control
Although fall is when it begins to cool down outdoors, warm weather may still be lingering in the forecast.
Hot and humid temperatures inside are the ideal grounds for dust mites and mold to live and grow.
Maintaining your indoor temps between 67 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of less than 50 percent can help with dismissing allergens.
It is also a good idea to have seasonal maintenance completed on your system and to replace your filters to ensure both your air conditioning and heating systems are working at top efficiency.
Consider implementing a weekly cleaning routine. This may mean, sweeping, mopping, and or vacuuming your entire house weekly.
Also being sure to clean surfaces that are commonly touched, and sheets, pillows, and other linens more than usual.
If you have allergies indoors as well, consider wearing a dust mask when dusting to keep from worsening your symptoms indoors.
Cleaning indoors more often can also help with your indoor air quality.
By prepping your home’s temperature, humidity, and cleaning frequently you will be able to remove some unwanted allergens from your home.
You will want to make sure the most common fall allergens, such as Ragweed, will not get dragged in your home, on shoes, clothes, or even grocery bags.
If you were outside walking or working, change clothes when you get inside and take a shower to remove any potential allergens.
When you are outside, it is also a good idea to beware of allergens. If you are seeing more symptoms than usual such as sneezing, congestion, itchy nose, eyes, and throat, you may want to consult your doctor.
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