With the weather slowly but surely cooling down, many think their allergies
will be a thing of the past (until next spring). If only you had such
luck! Unfortunately for you, there are plenty of fall allergies that will
leaving you coughing and sneezing like it's spring all over again.
Enduring Hay Fever
Many assume hay fever (late summer allergies) is present only during the
late months of summer – August and September. However, this is not true
as ragweed (the primary cause of hay fever) will stick around until the
first freeze of the year. So just because your calendar says that it's
fall, doesn't mean you're out of the woods just yet.
When Allergies Don't "Leaf" You Alone
Raking leaves is an autumn chore that every homeowner must participate
in (unless you like spending money on landscaping). While this chore can
be long and tedious during the next few months, the suffering can extend
from manual labor to your allergies. Unfortunately, raking leaves will
disturb any sitting mold and allergens. So be sure to wear an NIOSH rated
face mask when tending to your lawn this fall.
Back to School Sickness
Pollen, mold, and other outdoor irritants are always the main focus when
it comes to fall allergies. However, there are irritants within schools
that can affect your children. Chalk dust, classroom pets, food allergens,
and over-activity during gym class can trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
Be sure to have your children tested to find out if they are allergic
to anything or not, as well as teaching them what to stay away from if they are.
Allergies don't go away when the weather cools down – be on the lookout
for what lies ahead this fall! To keep allergens out of your home, consider
installing an air scrubber and high quality filters. To learn more about
improving your home's air quality, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating,
Cooling & Electrical by dialing (717) 207-9952.