Just because the flowers are no longer in bloom, doesn’t mean allergy sufferers are in the clear. The cooler air and wind can stir things up, particularly ragweed. Ragweed can travel hundreds of mile so it can affect you even if it doesn’t grow nearby. Other common causes of fall allergies are mold and dust mites. In school, children can also be sensitive to chalk dust and overall dust in the classroom.
To treat common allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, you can use over the counter antihistamines and decongestants. Even though you can buy most medications without a prescription, it is best to talk it over with your doctor to make sure you choose the right medication. At home, make sure your air vents are clean, particularly before starting to use the heater. If you have allergy suffers at home, keep your windows closed. It’s tempting to let that cool air in, but along with it comes lots of unwanted allergens. If you rake leaves, make sure and wear a mask, and don’t let them sit in front of the house very long, as they will develop mold. If you spend a lot of time outside, particularly on a windy day, take a shower and wash your hair to remove any pollen.
If you have small children: What’s In Your Diaper Bag which discusses allergy and special concerns for small children.