You may think that the changing of the leaves signals the end of allergy season, but for some, it is only the beginning. In order to help you prepare for fall allergy season, we’ve compiled some information you may not know.
Hay Fever Has Nothing to Do with Hay
Hay fever is actually a general term that describes the symptoms of late summer allergies. For many, hay fever—also known as allergic rhinitis—is triggered by ragweed. This plant pollinates from mid-August until the first freeze.
Warm Weather Lengthens Allergy Season
Warm weather can make for some great fall evenings out on your patio, but it also means allergy season lasts longer due to plants pollinating later into the year. The warmth combined with humidity and wind can also cause mold spores to be released.
Leaves Are a Common Source of Allergens
Piles of leaves are a common place to find mold, which can be troublesome when you’re trying to rake them up or use a leaf blower. If you have mold allergies, hire a professional or wear an N95 mask when doing yard work.
Your Child May Experience Back-to-School Allergies
Allergens aren’t just found outdoors; many can be found in your child’s school. These include dust mites from a classroom that has sat empty for the past year due to COVID, chalk dust and dander from classroom pets. Your child can also come into contact with foods they’re allergic to in the cafeteria. In addition, it’s all too common for kids to experience exercise-induced asthma attacks during PE class. Be sure to notify your child’s teachers about any emergency medications they may need, including epinephrine and relief inhalers.
Pinnacle ENT Associates has allergy and asthma management and therapy strategies to help you prepare for whatever the season has in store. Request an appointment today!