With summer finally coming to an end, it’s time to start preparing for fall. This means putting up the fall decorations and taking the necessary precautions to fight potential allergy and asthma triggers. Similar to spring, fall is considered to be the second allergy season and for good reason.
Here are a few tips Dr. Summit Shah of Premier Allergy and Asthma has on how to fight potential fall triggers.
What Are Allergies And Asthma?
According to Dr. Summit Shah, allergies occur when a person’s immune system comes into contact with an allergen and triggers a response. This response is what causes the symptoms, such as sneezing and itching, to occur.
An allergen can be just about anything, ranging from dust to pet dander. As soon as an allergen starts to attack the immune system, chemicals known as IgE antibodies are produced. These antibodies are what releases other chemicals, such as histamine.
Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions to date and is also one of the deadliest. Basically, asthma is what causes our lungs to become inflamed and narrow, which makes it incredibly difficult to breathe.
As a result, the body produces extra mucus and a cough is contracted. Allergies can cause asthma attacks or worsen the overall symptomatology. It’s also worth mentioning that although not curable, there are ways to minimize the symptoms of an asthma attack.
How To Fight The Triggers
Although allergies and asthma are detrimental to your health, they can be prevented. Premier Allergy and Asthma has come up with a few ways on how to keep your allergies and asthma from triggering.
Avoiding Potential Triggers
Fall has one of the highest amounts of triggers of the seasons. For those who live in the city, allergies happen less frequently than those who live in the suburbs. There are a lot of plants and shrubbery in suburban areas like tumbleweeds, sagebrush and tumbleweeds.
These are just to name a few of the most common triggers. However, one trigger that must be avoided are mold spores. Mold spores become a lot more active in fall than they are during the other seasons.
Change Your Air Filters
Staying indoors is a good way to keep allergies and asthma from flaring up. However, if you don’t regularly change your air filters, you might not be as safe as you think.
Air filters are what traps any contaminants that are sucked in from the outside. If the air filter is clogged and not trapping contaminants, a variety of allergens can be floating around your home. As a preventive measure, HVAC professionals suggest that you change your air filters at least every three months.
Clean The House
Keeping your house clean is crucial when it comes to preventing asthma triggers. Make sure to thoroughly dust your home. Dust is one of the most common allergens and can accumulate very quickly.
Unfortunately, you can never truly be dust-free. There will always be microscopic particles floating around here and there, but they’re essentially harmless. If you have any pets, particularly ones that shed their fur, you’ll have to groom your pet and vacuum a few times a week.
With the right preventive measures, surviving fall allergy season is possible. Take the time to prep now, so you can breathe easy throughout autumn season.