FALL ALLERGIES 101
ABOUT FALL ALLERGIES
So, the blooms of summer have faded, but your allergy symptoms are back. Although the triggers are different, fall can be just as troublesome for allergy sufferers as spring or summer. While tree pollen dominates during the spring and grass pollen during the summer, fall has a few allergy culprits of its own that can be particularly problematic.
CAUSES OF FALL ALLERGIES
Allergic to pollen-producing plants? Then there’s a good chance you’re allergic to ragweed pollen.1 Although ragweed only lives for 1 season, a single plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains, capable of traveling hundreds of miles on the wind.2
Mold thrives in damp indoor and outdoor environments (leaf piles, rotten logs, basements, and bathrooms). Unlike pollen, mold doesn't die with the first frost; instead, it stops growing and lays dormant until the weather warms. Just in time for spring.4
Dust mites, or more specifically, dust mite waste, is a common indoor allergen that can be found in many places around the house—furniture, carpets, bedding, and stuffed toys.5
FALL ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
How do you know it’s fall allergies and not a cold? While symptoms can appear similar, there are some important differences. For starters, with allergies your mucus will most likely be clear and thin. Other symptoms might include:
• nasal congestion
• runny nose
• itchy, watery eyes
FALL ALLERGY TIPS AND TREATMENTS
*vs single-ingredient antihistamines that do not treat nasal congestion.
**FLONASE SENSIMIST is indicated for itchy, watery eyes in adults and children 12 years of age and older.
- Allergic and Non-Allergic Rhinitis Frequently Asked Questions | Marshfield Clinic Health System. (n.d.). Retrieved June 18, 2018, from https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/allergies/allergies-allergic-and-non-allergic-rhinitis-frequently-asked-questions
- Ragweed Allergy | Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America New England Chapter. (n.d.). Retrieved June 18, 2018, from http://asthmaandallergies.org/asthma-allergies/ragweed-allergy/
- Mold Allergy | Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America New England Chapter. (n.d.). Retrieved June 18, 2018, from http://asthmaandallergies.org/asthma-allergies/mold-allergy/
- Dust Mite Allergy | Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America New England Chapter. (n.d.). Retrieved June, 18, 2018, from http://asthmaandallergies.org/asthma-allergies/dust-mite-allergy/