Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Fall Allergies: What Are They And How To Cope


I see alot of people twitting about their allergies now during the Fall. I hope this post can help them manage their allergies abit better.    There are 2 main culprits for Fall allergies. Ragweed and Mold. 

1) Ragweed 

Is a weed that flowers from around mid August to late October. A single plant can produce 1 billion pollen grains per season and its pollen can travel up to 400 miles in the wind. With this in mind, if you are allergic to it, its hard to completely avoid it.

How to cope with Ragweed allergies

I've previously talked about managing Spring allergies here, and many of those tips can be applied to Fall allergies. On top of those tips, here's some additional ones: 

-Keep ragweed from taking root in your garden by planting cover crops
-Hanging out at the beach is a good idea as pollen levels are often lower there

2) Mold

Mold is a type of fungus and they produce tiny spores. They can be a problem for allergy sufferers both indoors and outdoors. Wet piles of fallen leaves are great breeding grounds for the mold.

How to cope with Mold allergies 

-Clean up fallen leaves promptly
-Keep your pile covered so any mold spores will stay put
-Wear a face mask when handling the leaves in the Fall
-Use a de-humidifier to keep indoor humidity between 35%-50% to contain mold growth
-Indoor Mold control products such as sprays, sealers etc

I hope these tips will help you chase away the Fall allergy blues!