There are so many things to look forward to in the fall – the upcoming holidays and the no-longer sweltering weather, for instance. But for anyone who suffers with fall allergies, this time of year can be tough. You might not just have the runny nose and watery eyes, though – you may be suffering with skin irritations caused by fall allergies as well.
What causes fall allergies?
You may be surprised one fall to discover your allergies are acting up – isn’t that usually a spring thing? It is, but there are allergens in the fall, too: ragweed doesn’t start pollinating until late August and can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind; mold spores are also easily spread by wind and remain in the air if the weather is still a bit warm; dead leaves may have pollen and mold on them, which get stirred up when leaves are raked.
Fall allergies and skin irritations
Unfortunately, allergies don’t just make you sneeze and sniffle. You may end up with skin irritations such as hives (raised red bumps) or allergic dermatitis (eczema). Here are some tips to treat fall skin irritations:
1. Get an allergy test to determine what you are allergic to, so that you can avoid these triggers. For instance, if you are allergic to a certain type of pollen, you can stay inside when that pollen level is projected to be high.
2. You can even do some detective work on your own to determine if it’s something that is in your home that is causing problems. If that new soap you’ve been trying is the culprit, then you’ll know to switch brands.
3. If you have hives, an antihistamine can help. You can also try cold compresses.
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