Ragweed allergy season is over.
Grass pollen allergy season is over.
Why do I feel like I have allergies?
The answer may be found in the piles of leaves around your home – specifically in the mold spores growing within them. If you are sensitive to mold allergens, be aware that mold grows anywhere there is water, and those leaves are the perfect breeding ground for mold, absorbing and trapping water all around us in the fall. And just like pollen, mold spores are carried and spread by the wind. Unfortunately, molds – and mildew – are not killed off by the frost, so they linger for longer.
What can you do? Put on a protective mask and rake your leaves! Try to keep the leaf piles and any other yard waste or compost far from your house, or better yet, in closed bags. Keeping your gutters free of leaves will also help.
Some people find relief in over the counter medications, but if these don’t work for you, immunotherapy (allergy injections) can be an effective, long-term solution for your symptoms. Allergy specialists are trained to identify what’s causing your suffering, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get back to feeling better ~ and enjoying that fall foliage!