Why do some allergies get worse in Autumn?

For those who suffer from various allergies, it is often a mystery why their condition becomes heightened during the autumn months. While most are aware that pollen causes heightened allergic reactions in spring, autumn also brings its own perils for those who suffer from allergies.

In the fall, the most widespread allergy is ragweed, which results in hayfever. Symptoms of allergic reactions caused by ragweed include uncontrollable sneezing, eye and throat irritation, or even a runny nose. Anywhere between 10 and 20 percent of all Americans suffer from ragweed related allergies on an annual basis.

As vegetation falls and eventually decays into the ground, mold spores become prevalent in the air, resulting in a worsening of allergy symptoms. Not only does this enhance problems for those suffering from seasonal allergies, but it also triggers asthma attacks.

The driest season of the year, autumn’s low humidity may incite allergic reactions to those who attempt to stay indoors to avoid ragweed or mold spores. Lung and nasal allergies are direct results of levels of humidity lower than an ideal 35 percent.

While allergies can cause immense problems in the autumn, there are ways one can counter them. While you might risk looking unusual in public, wearing a face mask to cover your nose can work wonders in avoiding allergic reactions in the outdoors. Meanwhile, while you are inside, you can ensure that you vacuum on a regular basis, and install a humidifier to keep the air moist.

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