It’s Fall! Time for back to school shopping, pumpkin spice lattes, and changing leaves. Unfortunately, these changes can lead to colder weather allergens hampering our good Fall spirit. Fall allergies have been sneaking up earlier and earlier each year and can start as early as mid-August.
Fall also brings ragweed, whose pollen peaks mid-September. According to WebMD, most cases of hay fever are attributable to this plant, which is most common in rural areas of the Eastern states and Midwest but is found throughout the US. About 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from an allergy to ragweed according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Symptoms of a ragweed allergy include
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Irritated eyes
- Itchy throat
But not to worry. There are ways to fight back against allergies so you can cozy up comfortably in these cooling temperatures.
- Keep temperatures dry to avoid mold. Autumn temperatures can bring mold, which can trigger symptoms.
- Use Google to search pollen levels. Google recently launched a service where they indicate today’s pollen levels at the top of your search results, making searching for allergens as easy as looking up the weather.
- Reduce pollen in the home. Ways that you can avoid ragweed and other allergy culprits include taking off your shoes while stepping in the house, taking a shower or changing your clothes after prolonged outdoor activity, and washing your sheets often.
- Invest in a HEPA filter. A true HEPA filter reduce particles at a 0.3-micron size at a 99.97% efficiency, including pollen, dust mites, and mold spores. For more about how HEPA filtration can help you breathe easily this Fall, read here.
Rabbit Air’s MinusA2 is a great choice to defend against these particles as it can be customized with a Germ Defense filter, which works to protect against allergens and mold spore. Click here to bring yourself relief this season.