A 10-Step Guide to Combat Fall Allergies
For the 30 percent of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, Fall often brings yet another round of itchy, sneezy misery.
Pollen produced by ragweed, a yellow-green flowering plant, is Autumn's leading offender. Although it blooms in August, its pollen causes allergy symptoms well into the Fall, affecting up to 75 percent of people who suffer from springtime allergies.
But it's not the only culprit. Dust mites, microscopic insects that live in household fabrics and furniture year-round, can cause allergies as they're stirred into the air the first time you turn on your heater in the Fall. And don't forget molds and mildew, common Fall triggers that flourish in piles of damp leaves and moisture-rich areas in the home.
The best strategy for keeping symptoms at bay is to avoid these allergens as much as possible. Read on for science-backed ways to minimize your exposure to Fall allergens and what to do when avoidance isn't cutting it.