The weather is cooler, the leaves are changing color, pumpkin-flavored food and drinks are everywhere, and many people are switching  to warmer clothes and spending more time indoors. Autumn is here! The season can bring about some great weather and beautiful scenery, but it can also be a problem for many who suffer from allergies. So why do allergies flare up during the fall? Here are a few things that may trigger your autumn allergies and how you can take care of them to enjoy the season!

POLLEN

Leaves may fall from trees and plants may begin their hibernation process, but pollen is still an issue in the fall with particular plants. Ragweed is one of the biggest triggers for fall-allergy sufferers, as it affects about 75% of people who have problems with spring plants. Ragweed releases pollen starting in late August all the way through early October and can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind, so it can be a nuisance for most of the season. Monitor the pollen count in your area and stay indoors with the windows shut when your allergies are triggered. Vacuum your home regularly and be sure to take off your jacket and shoes before entering your home to keep any pollen spores from making their way inside.

MOLD AND MILDEW

These allergens are common all year round, but they can be especially annoying in the fall. Mold and mildew like living in damp areas, like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. In autumn, mold and mildew thrive on wet piles of leaves and compost piles, so check up on the gutters around your home and clean out any damp leaves. After raking the yard, remove the piles of leaves immediately and keep any compost piles away from the house. Some of the best ways to prevent mold and mildew growth are to place dehumidifiers in your home and clean your house regularly.

DUST MITES

While dust mites are more common in humid summer months, these pests can re-surface when you turn the heat on as the weather cools down. Check your air vents and clean them out before turning on the heat in case any dust mites are hiding out there. Dust, clean, and vacuum regularly and use a dehumidifier if you have concerns about dust mites. Take a look at some of our recommendations for getting rid of dust mites in your home.

Don’t let the changing seasons get you worried about allergy flare-ups, especially when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re suffering from allergies in the fall and find yourself up all night sneezing or coughing, you may want to check out some allergy-free bedding. Try an allergy-free mattress pad or pillow protector to keep you well-rested and cozy in the chilly, autumn weather!