If you’re mostly allergy-free during the spring and summer, but allergy symptoms hit you hard in the fall, you may be wondering what’s causing your allergies. Why are you so much more allergic during the autumn months? In this blog from Premier Allergy & Asthma, we’ll discuss the most common causes of fall allergies, and discuss a few strategies to help you overcome your symptoms and enjoy the autumn once again.
Ragweed is one of the most common allergens in the United States. It grows just about everywhere, and each plant can release millions of grains of tiny pollen, which are easily blown about by the wind.
Ragweed season runs from August to November in most areas of the country, with pollen counts usually peaking in mid-September. So if your fall allergies usually are the worst early in the autumn, ragweed could be the culprit.
Can Mold Cause Fall Allergies?
Most people may not think about mold as a primary cause of fall allergies. But this type of fungus thrives in damp, moist environments, and the rotting leaves and vegetation of the autumn months are perfect for the growth of mold. When mold grows, it releases tiny spores into the air, which are a trigger for allergic reactions in many people.
Mold can be a big problem outdoors, but also indoors. If you have any damp and dark areas of the home, mold spores can settle and reproduce, causing allergies even when you’re inside your home. You may notice this more as you keep your windows closed and spend more time indoors as the weather gets colder.