But have you ever noticed that there are certain times of the year when your allergies really start to act up? Most of us think that springtime is the worst for allergies since this is when common allergens like grass, plants, and trees start to bloom. But allergies in the fall actually tend to be quite worse for many people.
A recent study conducted in Hungary compared the prevalence of rhinitis symptoms (allergic reactions affecting the nose and sinus) throughout the year. The study concluded that people’s allergies were far higher in the late summer and early fall seasons compared to the spring.
So, what causes fall allergies – and what can you do if your allergies start to act up?
A. The Fall Season is also Ragweed Season
- A runny or stuffed-up nose
- Excessive sneezing
- Itchy, red eyes
- Asthma flare-ups
When you experience all of these symptoms together, it is often called allergic rhinitis, or more commonly as hay fever. One reason many people don’t think they have fall allergies is that the symptoms can be similar to the common cold, which people are more prone to catch in the colder months.
B. Mold Spore Growth Can Also Contribute to Fall Allergies
If you aren’t allergic to ragweed but still get fall allergies, mold spores could be the root cause. It may surprise you to learn that mold grows more quickly in the fall because of the damp weather conditions most areas experience.
During the fall, the moisture in the air is often trapped indoors as temperatures drop. During the summer, we have the windows open or the AC blasting – but this stops once the fall season rolls around. This creates the perfect environment indoors for mold to start forming.
Mold-related allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy, irritated eyes
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Asthma flare-ups
This fall-time allergy is not only annoying – it can be quite dangerous. Long-term exposure to mold spores is extremely harmful and can lead to health issues like autoimmune disease and respiratory infections. If you have any mold allergy symptoms, you should look into mold removal solutions.
C. Climate Change Could Only Make Things Worse
So, what can you do to treat fall allergies?
D. Fall Allergy Treatment Options
Thankfully, there are some solutions to help manage fall pollen allergies and mold-related allergic reactions. An over-the-counter antihistamine is typically the main remedy people turn to when allergy symptoms strike. However, this only decreases symptoms slightly and can cause side effects like drowsiness.
Ozone can be injected into the nasal cavity through the nose, which helps to drain built-up mucus and clear out the cavities. This provides nearly instant relief from fall allergies and helps to treat even long-term sinusitis.
If your fall allergy symptoms are getting in the way of your daily life, know that there are treatment options available. Here at the Institute of Progressive Medicine, we believe that all treatments need to be personalized for each patient. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all care – which is why we offer customized treatment plans for all of our patients.