Autumn brings more than the beautiful colours! As allergy sufferers know, fall is also a prime time for sneezing, wheezing, and watery eyes. Take these steps to survive the fall allergy season
Just when spring allergies have become a distant memory, along come the itchy eyes, runny noses and general misery that signal the start of yet another allergy season.
About one third of people with seasonal allergies sufferer with them in the fall, experts say. Public enemy number one is ragweed with its pollen affecting 85 to 90 per cent of fall-allergy victims. Other triggers include household dust mites and outdoor moulds.
Ragweed, the seemingly harmless "dull yellow" flowering wild plant, usually flourishes from around Labour Day until November or the first frost of the year. Ragweed flourishes during hot, dry spells with each plant producing about 1 billion pollen grains in an average season. And because those pollen grains are lightweight, they can travel literally hundreds of miles.
People with ragweed allergies typically react within minutes of coming in contact with the pollen, while non-sufferers will not even notice it.
That other major fall allergy culprit - mould from decaying leaves, mushrooms and other vegetation -- thrives in damp weather and doesn't die with the first frost, as ragweed pollen does.
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