How Fall Allergy Sufferers Can Start to Breathe Easier

For many allergy sufferers, fall is the worst season of the year. It can be miserable. From the moment you wake up in the morning until you go to bed at night.

In fact, many folks have trouble sleeping well at night due to their allergies. And that leads to exhaustion on top of breathing difficulties.

More than 50 million Americans suffer from fall allergies. Ragweed and mold are the most common causes of these seasonal allergies.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has named the worst five cities for fall allergies in 2018. Is your city among them? I’ll let you know in a moment.

Pollen and Mold Are Main Culprits

But first, let’s look at what makes fall allergies so bad. The main factors are pollen and mold counts.

The symptoms for allergy sufferers – and many of us know these all too well – are runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion.

Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of the AAFA, has this to say about what people should do regarding their allergies.

“Whether you live in an allergy capital or not, it’s important to work with your health care provider to recognize the elements that trigger your allergies and determine the best treatment to enjoy your life unrestricted by seasonal allergies.”

Blame Your Body

Actually, we can blame our bodies for allergy symptoms. The allergic reactions we experience are the body’s immune system treating substances such as pollen like a threat.

The immune system produces antibodies to attack the pollen. And then those antibodies release chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.

It doesn’t seem to matter much whether the weather is dry or wet. Pollens are worse when it’s dry, but there is not as much mold.

When your area receives a lot of rain, pollens get washed away, but molds are worse. Frost is often the only relief.

7 Precautions to Take

Those negatively affected by ragweed, mold spores and other allergens are advised to take the following seven precautions. Especially on days when the counts are high.

  • Limit outdoor activities.
  • Keep house and car windows closed.
  • Use central air conditioning with air filtration.
  • Change and wash clothes worn during outdoor activities.
  • Remove your shoes upon entering your home.
  • Wash your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  • Rinse the inside of your nose with a nasal solution to flush out and remove pollen you have inhaled.

5 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

As promised, here are the five places in the U.S. that are deemed the worst for fall allergies this year, according to the AAFA.

No. 5 is Dayton, Ohio. This is the birthplace of aviation, but planes aren’t the only things flying around. There are plenty of airborne pollens to make folks uncomfortable.

No. 4 is San Antonio, Texas. Remember the Alamo, and don’t forget your allergy medications.

No. 3 is Jackson, Mississippi. The head of Allergy & Immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center called this year “the perfect storm for allergies” in Jackson.

No. 2 is Louisville, Kentucky. “We’re No. 2!” might not have the same ring as “We’re No. 1.” But allergy sufferers in Louisville are still feeling the pain.

No. 1 is McAllen, Texas. Just six years ago, this metropolitan area was labeled the most obese in the country. So, this new distinction is nothing to sneeze at. Or maybe it is.

The foundation also lists Providence, Rhode Island as the worst place for fall allergies in the Northeast. And Las Vegas, Nevada as the worst in the West.

Colder Weather Can Also Contribute to Sinus Issues

The colder weather also often contributes to worse sinus issues for many, no matter where you live. There are a few different reasons why this is the case.

For starters, dander and dust in the house can be worse as more blankets and bedding come out. And pets also tend to spend more time indoors as well in colder weather.

On top of that, heaters can often dry out the air, while wood fires can irritate the nasal passages.

You can work to combat these issues to a certain extent by taking care to vacuum more than normal, and use an air purifier as well. But that can only help so much.

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