Most people are thrilled for the season that brings them pumpkin-flavored drinks, changing leaves, and the start of the holiday season. But, for many Americans, the start of fall means one thing. Allergies. Runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, the list goes on. Carmel Eye Doctors Dr. Amy Walden & Associates are here to break down what causes your allergies and what you can do to help feel better.
Causes of Allergies in the Fall
Ragweed is the biggest contributor to allergies in the fall. It starts releasing its pollen around August and can last unto September and October.
Mold is another trigger for fall allergies. These aren’t your ordinary bathroom mold spores, these are the ones that grow outside, usually in piles of damp leaves.
Common symptoms of allergies include, but not limited to:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy Eyes and nose
- Dark circles under your eyes
Sounds familiar? Thirty million Americans suffer from pollen allergies that typically flare in the fall season.
Fall Allergy Treatments
Our Carmel Eye Doctors suggest taking the following steps to help alleviate some of the symptoms of Fall allergies.
- Remove pollen from your home. Keep your windows shut and your A/C on. Avoid vacuuming if you can, it may stir up pollen into the air.
- Wash your hands and face- After working (or playing!) outside make sure to wash your hands and face, especially before eating or drinking.
- Be careful around outdoor pets. Animals that spend an extended period of time outdoors may bring pollen into your home and irritate your eyes and nose. Make sure to wash your hands after interacting with your pets.
- Track Pollen Counts. When pollen counts are especially high, stay indoors as much as possible. You can track pollen counts in your area here.
- Wear a face mask. Though not the most attractive option, you can wear a mask during peak pollen times to help reduce exposure.
Visit Your Carmel Eye Doctors For Fall Allergy Relief
Don’t let your allergy symptoms hold you back; if you are still struggling with watery or itchy eyes, we can help! Make an appointment today with Carmel Eye Doctors Dr. Amy Walden and Associates to discuss treatments and other options!