8 Smart Ways to Banish Indoor Allergens This Fall

Sep 19, 2019 by

Achoo! It’s that time of year again, the start of the fall allergy season. If you’re one of the 20 million American adults who suffer from allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, chances are you’re familiar with the runny and stuffy nose, itchy eyes, fatigue, sneezing, and post-nasal drip that accompany this common condition. While there are numerous airborne allergens, hay fever is mostly triggered by pollen from trees and plants, which is carried on the wind and not by pollinators like bees and butterflies. As a general rule, hay fever in early spring comes primarily from inhaling the pollen of trees, particularly pine, birch, cedar, walnut, sycamore, oak, and maple. Later in the spring, grass pollen is the most common hay fever trigger. In the fall, however, it’s pollen from weeds —particularly ragweed—that causes the most problems. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, just one ragweed plant can produce up to 1 billion pollen grains during its relatively short blooming season, which peaks in late September. But pollen isn't the only trigger. Many people with allergic rhinitis are also sensitive to mold spores, animal dander, and dust mites, all of which are common throughout the year, although late fall tends to be peak season for airborne mold. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to reduce the misery of fall hay fever. Heed the following 8 tips to help keep the sneezing and sniffling to a minimum.


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