It’s fall, and the weather is changing! That means allergic reactions are on the rise, especially here in Tennessee, where Ragweed pollen is prevalent. Here are the most common kinds of fall allergies in our area and some tips to help keep your home and health safe from common Tennessee allergies.
Common Fall Tennessee Allergies
- Ragweed Pollen: Ragweed is one of the most notorious fall allergens in Tennessee. The ragweed plant releases vast amounts of pollen into the air, causing sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes for those who are allergic.
- Mold Spores: In the fall, decaying leaves and damp conditions create an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold spores become airborne and can trigger allergic reactions, especially in individuals with mold allergies.
- Dust Mites: While dust mites are present year-round, they can become more problematic in the fall as people spend more time indoors. Dust mite allergens can exacerbate asthma and cause allergic reactions.
- Pet Allergens: Many people bring their pets indoors during the cooler fall months, leading to increased exposure to pet dander. This can be particularly troublesome for individuals with pet allergies.
- Indoor Allergens: As people close windows and rely on heating systems, indoor allergens like dust, pollen, and mold can become concentrated, leading to increased allergy symptoms.
Fall Allergy Prevention Tips
- Clean up your yard – Rake the leaves, mow the grass, and clean out gutters.
- Dust regularly – Dust often with a damp microfiber cloth to help trap allergens and keep them out of the air.
- Dust your heating vents. Getting rid of dust buildup before you turn on the heat can help reduce the dust mite debris that gets kicked up when you power up the system for the first time.
- Keep windows closed – During peak allergen season or whenever possible, keep your windows closed.
- Change your air filters – Make sure to check or change your home’s air filters at least once a month.
- Add an air purifier. If you’re especially concerned about allergens in a particular room, try an iWave Air Purifier, which uses a patented needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) technology to create equal amounts of positive and negative ions.
- Over-the-county allergy medications will help alleviate symptoms for those affected.
Preparing and maintaining your home and health for fall allergens is essential.
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