Keeping Your Allergies Under Control During the Summer to Fall Transition

Woman sneezing into tissue in background of yellow flowers/plants.

The summer is nearing its end, the leaves are bound to change color and meet the ground, but that also means allergies are going to start kicking in. A fair amount of us can say our allergies are triggered easily and it’s helpful to know and prepare for how we can control our allergies. Whether they are minor or major, it’s useful to be prepared. Let’s go more into depth as to how these allergies are caused and what we can do to avoid the annoyance of the constant sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. 

The Root of Allergies

Ragweed is responsible for most allergic reactions that occur in the beginning of the fall season. You’re probably wondering how this is so, especially if you’re not familiar with the ragweed plant nor sure if it is even in proximity to where you reside. The reason why ragweed makes up the majority of our allergic reactions is due to the pollen it releases. The pollen is capable of traveling hundreds of miles through wind and can eventually reach your region. People who have a reaction to this plant may also tend to be allergic to eating and consuming certain fruits and vegetables such as bananas, zucchini, and melon. 

Mold is another major factor that plays a part in the allergy triggers. In terms of mold, it is not limited to being in the damp areas it could be growing in, such as your bathroom or basement. Mold is most fruitful in wet spots; if you live in a humid and moshy area, there is a good chance that mold could be growing in the beds of your grass and plants that you may have in your front or backyard. 

 It’s already bad enough that ragweed and mold are major causes of summer-to-fall allergies, but you also have to be aware of the presence of dust mites. Dust mites are very present in school settings, which play a major role in children’s allergies at the beginning of the school year. Dust mites are common in humid summers, but they are especially present in the first time you may turn on the heater in your homes. Keeping your homes clean and free of dust will help to reduce the extremities of allergies. 

Allergy Treatment

There are some medicines and remedies to treat your allergies such as nasal sprays/drops, antihistamines, decongestants, and immunotherapy. Although, you can never be too sure about which treatments are best for you. At El Paso Family and Pediatric Clinic, we can help you break down your allergies and find the treatment fit for you!

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