Seasonal allergies are very common in the spring when the initial waves of pollen hit. If you find yourself experiencing persistently runny noses, watering eyes and itching, it might not be a early cold: allergies can be just as prevalent in the fall, with symptoms affecting you indoors and out. Learn about the most common fall allergies and how to keep them under control!

Ragweed

Ragweed is one of the most common contributors to fall allergies, with over one billion grains of pollen produced by a single plant over a season. Ragweed is found across the country, and their lightweight pollen grains can travel up to 400 miles when picked up by the wind. Its season runs from the end of summer through the middle of fall, leaving people vulnerable to reactions when spending time outdoors. You may begin to experience symptoms while out for a run, apple or pumpkin picking with your family or enjoying lunch in the last bit of warm weather. Ragweed allergies are common until the first frost, which occurs in Connecticut between mid- to late October. 

Mold

Mold can be found both indoors and out, commonly in organic matter like compost, soil and fallen leaves. Mold can be a trigger for allergic reactions starting in the early spring, carrying into the fall until the first frost. However, outdoor mold can return for its own season between the end of ragweed season and the beginning of winter. Spores are common in the air from mid to late fall before becoming more common indoors for the winter. Because mold likes cooler, dark places, spores may be common in bathrooms or in your basement. 

Dust

Dust is commonly found indoors and feed off of flakes of dead skin that fall naturally around your home, often without you even knowing. Dust is found year-round and is nearly impossible to eradicate, but you can control it by regularly clearing your air vents, especially before turning on your heating system for the first time. Mattresses and pillows are where dust mites can thrive in your home, so make sure each is covered in dust-proof covers and that sheets are regularly cleaned. Wash sheets, blankets and pillowcases in hot water to kill any mites lingering on them on laundry day. Make sure you vacuum and dust regularly to reduce levels in your home, especially on high shelves and in your carpet. 

Seasonal Allergy Treatment in Norwalk, CT

If you are experiencing symptoms of seasonal allergies, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk for treatment. We can help to relieve your symptoms and how you can control them. Open seven days a week, our center offers extended evening and weekend hours to best fit your needs and schedule. Most major insurance carriers are accepted, with low-cost treatment available for self-pay patients. For questions, please call 203-845-9100.