Fall and winter mean a brief respite from summer allergies, but unfortunately, other allergens thrive in the cooler weather. Ragweed, common wormwood, saltwater false willow, and other pollen counts rise in the fall. Indoor fall allergies tend to occur in the fall and winter months as mildew and mold flourish.
Indoor Fall Allergies
As temperatures drop, we begin closing up our homes. The breezes we enjoyed through the summer months did more than cool our homes- they kept air circulating. Without the air movement, mildews and molds have a chance to grow, releasing spores that aggravate allergies. Pets may be spending more time indoors as well, adding to the dander levels in the home. Dust mites congregate, and their waste product adds further irritants.
To treat allergies caused by indoor irritants, consider adding a HEPA filter to your home’s ventilation. Regular circulation of air helps keep dust, dander, mites, and other allergens under control. Regular vacuuming and dusting will also help. Keep your gutters and yard clean to help reduce mold and mildew spoors on your property and home. Keep the windows closed as much as possible, and use your air conditioner, preferably with a HEPA filter, to remove allergens from the air.
Outdoor Fall Allergies
Ragweed is possibly the most common allergy trigger in Charleston in the fall, but there are a number of other culprits. Groundseltrees, Japanese privet, Chinese mustard, common wormwood, Florida pellitory, Jesuit’s bark, Russian thistle, seacoast marsh elders, silverling, smooth amaranth, Bermuda grass, corn, and perennial ryegrass all add their pollen to the mix of allergens floating through the air. Outdoor allergens are difficult to avoid entirely. If it’s necessary for you to be out of doors, especially during the peak allergy times of 5 am to 10 am, consider wearing a mask to filter out some of the pollen. Shower frequently to remove pollen from the skin, and dry your clothes in the dryer rather than hanging them outside. If fall allergies are a problem, speak to your doctor about treatments that can help you breathe more easily through the fall and winter.