Category Archives: Fall Allergies

Hiking and Fall Allergies

Going for a weekend hike? Don’t forget your tissues!

Even though people associate spring with allergy season, fall can be just as potent. In fact, over 30% of people with seasonal allergies are affected by exercise-induced asthma. Because a nice hike is often out in the middle of nowhere, it’s important you take precautions. If you’re not sure what you’re allergic to, be sure you get tested for specific allergies so you know best how to prepare.

Get a work out in the fall

Hiking in the Fall

How to work out smart during fall allergy season:

  1. If you’re allergic to mold, avoid hiking or exercising in wet areas such as in the woods. Go for a nice stroll in a dry, arid location if possible.
  2. Temperature can play a big part. The colder the air, the more frequent the exercise-induced asthma. If you can’t avoid the cold, bring a scarf or something to warm the air before you inhale into your lungs.
  3. Check the pollen count online before you go to get a good idea of what’s out there.
  4. If you are going to a new area and you’re not familiar with the potential allergens, bring extra tissues and an epi pin to be safe. These items are very lightweight and can make a huge difference.
  5. Before you get back in your car or go back indoors, be sure to wipe off your shoes. That pollen can really accumulate and spread quickly!
  6. If it’s too much to handle, consider other healthy methods of exercise that are indoors: yoga, swimming, weight training, pop in your favorite Jillian Michaels DVD and sweat til you drop!

Be smart, know your body, and investigate your surroundings as much as possible. Fall is a beautiful season that is meant to be explored. With these precautions and tips, exercise-induced asthma and fall allergies won’t be your downfall!

10 Worst Places for Fall Allergies in 2012

In what cities are pollen, mold, allergy medications, and certified allergists most prevalent?

MyAllergyTest Helps Allergy Sufferers in Louisville

Fall is prime allergy season in the Ohio Valley

Some natives of Louisville, Ky., needn’t be surprised if they’re sneezing while reading this article. Their city tops the list this year as the worst place to live in the U.S. for fall allergies.  To earn the No. 1 spot, Louisville received a “worse than average” rating for its pollen counts and allergy medication use by each patient. But it got a “better than average” rating for the number of allergy specialists available in the area.

The rankings are based on an analysis of three key factors: pollen and mold scores during fall 2011, the number of allergy medications used by people with allergies last fall, and the number of board-certified allergists per 10,000 patients.

Click to find out this year’s 10 worst places for fall allergies.

The Most Common Fall Allergies and How to Prevent Them

Most people think of spring as the main allergy season, but fall can be terrible too, especially with the hotter than normal temperatures much of the country is experiencing.

Do you have a cold or is it fall allergies? Experiencing symptoms such as sneezing, sniffles, trouble sleeping, and itchy skin, eyes, nose, or throat? What can you do about fall allergy season? The first step is education and the second step is prevention. You need to be educated on what causes the autumnal allergies. Here are the 3 most common allergy triggers:

  1. Ragweed
  2. Dust Mites
  3. Mold

Now to prevent experiencing allergic reactions based on the top triggers, do the following:

      Ragweed:  If possible avoid being outdoors from 5am-10am on hot, dry windy days. If you must be outside, wear a mask. Don’t worry they are very stylish – more so than a runny nose and red, irritated eyes anyway! The ragweed count in the air is highest at this time. No ragweed in your area? Beware – it can travel up to 400 miles through the air from the location of the actual plant.
Ragweed Pollen

Ragweed allergies are common from mid-August through the end of November

  1. Dust Mites: Wash your sheets! I know your mom has told you this many times, but really, it could actually improve your daily well-being. Remove and/or clean anything that just sits there: stuffed animals (I know they have sentimental value…), artwork, curtains, carpet, etc and definitely get some dust mite covers. These are low-cost and worth it.

    Prevent Dust Mite Allergies

    A dust mite cover is the simplest way to prevent dust mite allergies

  2. Mold: Guess what? Mold spores all over fallen leaves. If you have leaves in your yard, you or your family may be suffering. This is especially common for kids who love to play in the leaves.

    Fall allergies from fall leaves

    As pretty as these fall leaves are, they can cause allergic reactions!

If you’re not sure if you have a cold or allergies, it would be wise to consider getting tested. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or you can order a simple allergy test at home.

Ragweed allergies lasting longer due to climate change!

Do your seasonal allergies seem to last longer now? Its not just your imagination! Given the millions of allergy sufferers held hostage by the drippy noses, burning, watery eyes, and continuous sneezing sessions it induces, ragweed may be one of the most hated plants on the planet.

A recent study, led by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with Rutgers, has confirmed a link between seasonal warming and a longer ragweed season in some parts of central North America.

“The main takeaway is that we are already seeing a significant increase in the season length of ragweed; and that this increase in season length is associated with a greater warming at northern latitudes, consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projections regarding climate change,” explains lead study author Lewis Ziska, PhD, research plant physiologist with USDA’s Crop Systems and Global Change Lab.

Researchers used ragweed pollen and temperature data recorded between the late 1990s and 2005 in 10 different locations in the U.S. and Canada and found that in all but two of the areas analyzed, the ragweed pollen season increased—in some cases by nearly a month. The lengthening of the allergy season coincides with an increase in warmer, frost-free days. Researchers noticed a general trend—the ragweed allergy season grew longest in the higher latitudes of the northern United States and Canada.

Ragweed is one of the most common weed allergens, affecting about 10 percent of the population.

Ragweed

Among allergy sufferers, nearly a third endure hay fever misery brought on by ragweed pollen. Under normal circumstances, a single ragweed plant creates 1 million pollen grains; but a climate change–charged, more CO2-rich environment boosts that number to upwards of 3 to 4 million pollen grains per plant, according to Clifford Bassett, MD, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and a member of the public-education committee at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Here are some solutions to help you survive ragweed allergies:

• Make sure you’re actually allergic to ragweed. It may sound silly, but allergists recommend being tested to confirm you’re allergic to what you actually think is making you sneeze. ImmuneTech offers a home test kit for ragweed and other allergens; visit www.immunetech.com to order yours today. For a 15% discount, use code ILG at checkout.

• Plan vacations accordingly. For many people, February still marks the cold season, months away from the miserableness of hay fever symptoms. But take your ragweed allergy into consideration as you plan this year’s summer or fall getaway. Pollen counts are generally lower around water. So if you vacation during prime ragweed season—summer and fall, or year-round in places like Florida or Hawaii—plan some time on the beach or around rivers and lakes for some ragweed relief.

• Create better indoor air. While houseplants can’t rid your air of pollens you’re allergic to, certain houseplants can counteract indoor air pollution that further aggravates your allergy problem.

References:

http://www.rodale.com/ragweed-allergy-0

http://news.rutgers.edu/medrel/news-releases/2011/03/seasonal-warming-lea-20110316