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Why Are My Allergies Worse In The Fall?

October 25, 2022

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What Causes Fall Allergies?

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.

What Are Common Fall Allergy Symptoms?

Fall allergy symptoms include: 

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Repeated sneezing
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Scratchy throat
  • Persistent, dry cough
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sinus-related headaches and migraines
  • Tiredness

What Methods Are Most Effective When Treating Fall Allergies?

Autumn is a beautiful time, and you don’t have to let your fall allergies put a damper on your active lifestyle. Here are a few simple tips for managing fall allergies:

  • Find out what’s causing your allergies – Identifying the cause of your allergies is the best first step. This helps you identify particular allergens and take steps to reduce your exposure to ragweed, mold, and other fall allergens.
  • Take prescription or over-the-counter medication – Oral medications, nasal sprays, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications can help you reduce allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and more.
  • Use HEPA filters in your home – HEPA filters can remove most allergens like mold and ragweed pollen. Using a HEPA furnace/air filter and/or separate air filtration units can help keep your indoor air clear of allergens.
  • Wear a mask for yard work – Particularly if you have ragweed, grass, or mold allergies, you may want to wear an N95 mask while doing yard work like raking leaves, mowing your lawn, pulling weeds, and other such tasks. 

Come To Premier Allergy & Asthma For Allergy Treatment In Central Ohio

If you’re suffering from fall allergies, our Ohio allergists at Premier Allergy & Asthma is here to help. We offer needle-free allergy testing throughout Columbus and Central Ohio. With a proper diagnosis, you can build a plan to reduce allergen exposure, get prescription medications, and fight back against the uncomfortable symptoms of fall allergies. Contact us online for more information, or schedule an appointment now to get the help you need.