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What Fall Allergies to Prepare for Now

The spring season is synonymous with that pollen cloud that coats our lawns, cars, and every area it can cling to. However, fall introduces another series of allergens that can also leave you feeling stuffy should you be unprepared.

Take a moment before football season, pumpkin patches, and Halloween rollaround to ready yourself for the autumn allergy season.

What Causes Autumn Allergies?

Below are some of the most common causes of fall allergies, and how to help avoid or lessen your exposure to them:


The most common allergy trigger in the fall is ragweed,a North American plant in the daisy family. It’s notorious for its tiny green flowers that emit exorbitant amounts of pollen every season. In fact, ragweed is responsible for approximately 50 percent of all allergic rhinitis cases in North America.

There are two characteristics that make this flora of the weed family especially problematic. First, it can travel hundreds of miles on the wind to your nose– so, even if you think you live in a ragweed-free region, you may be wrong. The second factor deals with fluctuations in carbon dioxide in the air. This gas acts as a nutrient and catalyst for pollen production.

Unfortunately, pollen won’t wither away until the first frost hits the ground; however, you can protect yourself against ragweed allergy by monitoring the local pollen count (the pollen from the ragweed) where you live. You’ll be most affected between mid-morning and early afternoon.

If possible, plan that run or any outdoor activities for early morning or evening to spare yourself some sniffling, sneezing, and discomfort. On particularly high pollen-count days, stay inside if possible, and remove your clothing when home (as it may invite this pollen inside your abode).


You’ll also want to make sure you keep your home as clean as possible. Vacuuming carpets and dusting upholstery as often as possible are both beneficial routines. Mold and mildew are year-round evils, but they gravitate toward the damp, fallen leaves and compost piles that line our streets during the autumn months.

Our country experienced the true wrath of mold allergies in 2017 when Hurricane Irma left heaps of peat and decomposing leaves in its wake. Long after the storm had subsided, we were left cleaning piles of debris – and dealing with a surge of respiratory problems and skin infections brought on by stagnant water and mold.

Exposure to mold spores can result in coughing, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. If you believe there is mold in your home, it’s worth hiring a professional mold removal service. Sometimes, this pesky allergen lurks beneath floorboards and in our home’s walls.

Be sure to take precautions inside and outside the home. Always rake the leaves off your lawn when they fall; inside, install HEPA filters, which are excellent for decreasing the number of airborne mold spores.

Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

There are additional tips and tricks you can adhere to when trying to mitigate the effects of fall allergies, including the following:

Get Tested for Allergies

If you haven’t already done so, getting tested by an allergist is a wonderful preventive measure. These physicians will conduct patch tests, and in some cases blood tests, to determine the root of your symptoms.

Allergy doctors can offer a variety of defenses against looming fall allergies, including prescription antihistamines – which can help alleviate your itchy, watery eyes and runny nose.

Allergy Doctor in Washington and Oregon

A member of Lynx Healthcare’s roster of physicians, Dr. Cassandra Mahan-Richards is an allergist and immunologist with over 25 years of experience. She and her team can work with you to develop the appropriate plan of attack to help you defend against seasonal allergies.

For more information, call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 321-4575 for our Spokane office or (509) 591-0070 for our offices serving the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Yakima, and Goldendale. You can also click here to chat with a member of our staff now. We look forward to helping you breathe easily all year-round!

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