Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5 Fast Facts About Fall Asthma, Allergies and Eczema

Changing fall leaves and rapidly changing temperatures, make most people forget about fall allergies and potential triggers of allergies eczema and asthma.  Here are 5 fast facts to keep in mind this fall to keep your allergies and asthma under control.

1) Mold and Ragweed pollens are triggers of Fall asthma. 
  • Decaying leaves, high humidity levels  increased rain and warmer temperatures keep mold spores and pollen levels higher for longer periods of time.
  • Get tested so you know what your potential triggers are, which fall weeds you might be sensitive to and learn about mold spores.
  • Following pollen counts before you head out doors to enjoy the sceneary may help prevent an asthma attack.
2) Loving the Indian Summer?   This keeps pollen and mold spore levels higher for longer periods of time.

  • Fall plants and pollen producers pollinate starting in mid August.  Levels can remain high until the first frost.  
  • Pollen on the ground is blown up on windy days creating a burst of pollen and mold spores in the air that can trigger asthmatic symptoms. 
3) Love the fall colors, hay rides, and trips for apple picking?  These activities are prime for exposure to mold spores.

  • Most fall time mold comes from decaying plant life including leaves, and fruits.  Wet hay is the perfect place for mold to grow.
  • Make sure you use your inhaler or bring with you the next time your heading out for these classic fall time actvivities
4) Feeling a bit more winded from running outside? Fall is a great time to start a running program but can trigger exercise induced asthma.

  • Rapid changes in temperature and humidity are the perfect triggers for exercise induced asthma
  • Symptoms include mild shortness of breath, chest tightness, and a cough after running or exercising outdoors.
  • Persons with a history of childhood asthma are more likely to have symptoms brought on by exercise
  • See your allergist if you suspect you are having these symptoms for a check up.
5) Is your skin a bit more dry and itchy? October is National Eczema month for a reason.  Fall is a common trigger of eczema.
  • Eczema, an allergic skin condition, affects over 30 million Americans!
  • Dry skin triggered by changes in temperature and humidity levels can trigger eczema to flare. 
  • Increasing your skin care regimine with extra moisturization and help prevent a flare up.
  • Want more information about eczema- Check out the National Eczema website.

Gramercy Allergy hopes these tips help you enjoy the Fall!

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