Symptoms worsen and you wake up thinking how am I going to function when I feel like this today? Fall allergies seem to peak in September and October. There is a reason for this.
The pollen released by the male plants in the fall flies on the wind and gets in our mouths and our noses. This causes the immune system to react by sending antibodies out to do their job which is to attack foreign bodies in our systems. The antibodies cause a release of histamines into the blood. These histamines trigger systems of watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing and runny noses. Some people might have more severe symptoms such as an asthma attack.
There are ways to diagnose fall allergies. The RAST blood test, for one, checks the level of antibodies in the system after being exposed to ragweed, pine, mold , dust mites or some other kind of allergen. Other allergy tests are available to determine which allergens are affecting you.
If you are allergic to mold or dust mites there are some precautions you can take to help cut down on those allergens.Try to keep a dehumidifier running in your basement especially if there is living space down there. Also, make sure you vacuum the heating ducts in your house before the heat is turned on for the winter months. It is also a good idea to vacuum your mattresses and closets and maybe even your drawers to rid the house of those pesky little dust mites.
There are also foods that can trigger allergy attacks by a cross reaction that comes from the protein in the foods. Foods such as cucumbers, zucchini, and melons can cause you to have an allergy attack during this time of high pollen count. To help cut down on ragweed reactions watch the foods you eat, take the antihistamines before your symptoms are severe and make sure to wash your eyes with baby shampoo to get rid of the pollen that gets in through your eyes. Wash your hair before you go to bed at night so the pollen collected there doesn’t get on your pillowcases and sheets.
These are some ideas to lessen the symptoms and remember, the first frost will be here before you know it!