Even though the warm weather is lasting longer than usual this year, fall will soon be here. And fall allergies will follow!
Seasonal allergies are common during the fall, usually lasting from the beginning of September until November. To prevent yourself from facing them or at least easing their symptoms, it is important to know the science behind seasonal allergies and the ways to treat them.
This blog will cover the causes, symptoms, and treatment of fall allergies.
What causes allergies in the fall season?
Seasonal allergies occur when your body overreacts to a blooming substance at a different time of the year.
The main trigger of fall allergies is ragweed pollen, a widespread weed found all over Canada. The pollen travels through the air and causes allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.
Some other triggers include:
- Dust mites
- Fat hens
What are the symptoms of fall allergies?
All seasonal allergies, including the fall one, have similar symptoms that include:
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Drainage from the nose down the back of the throat
- Headache and fatigue
- Runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
- Sore throat or coughing
- Temporary loss of smell
- Itchy, watery eyes
How do you prevent and treat fall allergies?
If you find your symptoms to be mild, you may consider treating the fall allergies at home. Some of the ways to do this include:
- Use a saline rinse to help reduce stuffiness in your nose
- Use humidifiers and vaporizers at home
- Consider using nasal sprays
- Keep your house and car windows closed
- Rinse your eyes with water after being outside
- Take a shower & change your clothes after being outside
- Get to know your triggers
When Do I Need to See a Doctor for Fall Allergies?
In some cases, fall allergies may be severely disturbing and unbearable. If you are feeling too overwhelmed by your symptoms, or they become chronic, consider consulting a medical specialist.