Fall Allergies and What You Can Do About It


When most people think of the fall season, they think of colourful trees, the cool crisp air, and pumpkin-spiced lattes. Not you though, you’ve got allergies to worry about.

 

One of the biggest triggers behind fall allergies is ragweed. Ragweed releases pollen from September to well into October. Other big offenders include mold, which can be found on damp piles of leaves, and dust mites, which find their way into your home from the cool weather and settle in beds, upholstery and carpets.

 

Mold loves damp areas both indoors and out. While basements and bathrooms are some of the areas where mold grows inside, piles of damp leaves and other wet areas outside are also common for mold. Raking leaves can disturb the pollen and mold into the air. Causing allergic and asthmatic symptoms. Pollen is killed by the first frost, but mold and mildew are not and instead go into a dormant phase during the winter months.

 

Children can also show symptoms once they go back to school as schools commonly have mold and dust mites. Exposure to chalk dust can also offset allergies.

 

Here’s what you can do about it

 

Allergies often bring symptoms of sleepiness, feeling tired, having poor concentration and decreased productivity. One of the best things you can do is limit your exposure to allergens. With a clean home and limiting your exposure, you can reduce the severity of your allergic symptoms.

 

  1. Clean air ducts and air filters for your furnace before turning on the heating for the first time. Dust, dirt, and allergens that are trapped in the ducts and air filter will get blown in the air throughout your home.

 

  1. Check your local forecast for the pollen count and limit the time you spend outside when the count is high.

 

  1. Showering before going to bed will remove all pollen from hair and skin and prevent it from getting on your pillows and bedding.

 

  1. Change your bed sheets on a weekly basis so you’re not breathing in allergens all night.

 

  1. If you have pets that spend significant time outdoors, wipe them down with a damp towel to remove any loose pollen. This can prevent pollen from settling on your upholstery and carpets.

 

  1. If you enjoy drying your clothes on a clothesline or drying rack, especially during the warmer months, your clothes will be covered in pollen. Dry clothes in a dryer instead to prevent making allergies worse.

 

  1. Call professional carpet cleaning services to clean your carpets, area rugs, and upholstered furniture. Carpets act like filters and trap all sorts of dirt, soil, and allergens deep within the fibers, which is one of the biggest culprits of indoor allergies and asthma. These allergens get agitated into the air as you walk on the carpet, which as you breathe in can cause allergic reactions.

 

The ChemDry Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method is recommended by the Asthmatic Association because of all of the cleaning agents are natural and Green-certified, making it non-toxic and safe to use around children, pets, and those with breathing sensitivities. According to an independent Home Health Study, the ChemDry method removes 98% of allergens from carpets and upholstery and 89% of bacteria to improve indoor air quality.

 

At Action ChemDry, we also offer commercial carpet cleaning services, to provide you with a cleaner and healthier environment.

 

With the tips above, you can limit your exposure to allergens and truly enjoy the colourful fall season.

 

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