Itchy eyes in September? Watery eyes on Halloween? Allergies are only supposed to carry on through the warm months, right? While spring is the season best known for allergy problems, the truth is that allergies can be a problem year-round. This begs the question: Why? We asked around and did a little digging, and discovered a few reasons why some seasonal allergies carry on into the fall, even as the weather cools down.
While fall doesn’t have the allergen lineup that the Spring does, there are three allergens in particular that pop up right around this time of year that cause many people lots of trouble:
Now we’re not saying that an extended summer is necessarily a bad thing, but it does have one unintended consequence. While you might get a little extra time to enjoy warm, pleasant temperatures, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology that extra time can also mean elongation of the summer allergy season. So while you’re out enjoying the sun, don’t forget to bring your allergy medicine–and don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, too!
We already mentioned mold, but that’s not the only allergen that can take up hiding in a pile of leaves. In fact, simply raking the leaves off of your yard can trigger allergies, as it can kick up pollen and mold lurking underneath. Our recommendation: wear a facemask when you go out to rake leaves, just in case!
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of fall allergies (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis) include:
How you treat allergies is entirely dependent on severity, but as allergies continue to become more and more severe, over the counter treatments might not always do the job. If you are experiencing symptoms that are more severe, it is best that you get in contact with your doctor to determine the best course of action for your specific situation. If prescription treatments do not alleviate your allergy problem, your doctor may recommend something more substantial, such as allergy shots or daily under-the-tongue allergy tablets.