Scorching summers, burning sun, waves of heat transiting into chilly cold days and nights, misty and foggy air, dead leaves falling from trees, rustling of leaves under your feet, smells of wood fire, fruits ready to be picked up. Yes, you heard it right. The Fall season has stepped in. It is the time when the sun burns cold. The sky tries to match its color with orange leaves. The mornings become foggy and frosty. There is vivid moisture in air. You are about to experience the Fall season at its peak.
It is the time when you get a chance to hang out with your family and friends more likely than any other time period of the year and in the same way you are more prone to skin allergies. Skin care must be expedited in Fall as allergens are super active this time of year and they effect your skin. You can avoid these skin afflictions by doing some precautionary measures and it starts with the understanding of what exactly will happen to your skin during this season.
Symptoms of Fall Allergies
Signs of fall allergies can vary from person to person but here are some of the most common indications that can tell you to be ready to combat them. Runny nose, red, puffy eyes, itchy, flaky skin, which becomes even painful at times. Some people even experience hives which are small bumps on your skin, while others suffer from asthma and eczema. All these symptoms can trigger irritation in the sufferers. The right and important thing to do is to consult your doctor as soon as you see the first signs of skin allergy.
The Most Common Allergens
There are different triggers causing allergies but the ones which are the well known are here below:
- Ragweed is a yellow flowering plant that starts to produce pollens in fall. This is one of the biggest triggers of allergy and produces up to 1 billion grains of pollen a season. This plant grows nationwide and its pollens can travel to farthest of the areas. Almost all the doctors agree Ragweed to be the biggest trigger of Asthma.
- Mold is a type of fungi. It most likely grows in damp and moist places of your house like basements, toilets and kitchens. But like other pollens Mold also grows outside your house on the wet piles of leaves. It is also one of the biggest triggers of allergies.
- Dust mites are microscopic, small pest which grow on dust house. The growth is triggered in Fall season when you first time turn your heaters on. They are naturally fed on human skin flakes that are shed around the home. Humidity is the ideal ambience for them.
Precautionary Measures to Protect Your Skin From Fall Allergies
These preventive steps can save you from a costly visit to a dermatologist:
- Keeping your surroundings clean can save you from the panics of irritation caused by allergies. Keep your body clean by regularly taking a bath and washing your hands and face often. Change the bed clothes and covers of pillows and wash them with hot water regularly. To stay away from Dust mites, keep your air vents clean, change vent filters regularly.
- Keep your windows shut if you are seriously allergic to Ragweed, Mold and Dust mites. Try to stay indoors and in case of going out keep your cars windows closed as well. Change your clothes every time after you work in your garden or yard.
- Uncover your shoes and jackets after entering your home. When you go outside wear your mask. Change your clothing after entering the house may lessen the possibility of accompanying the pollen with you which were stuck to you when you were outside.
- Keep your skin moisturized after taking a shower with lukewarm water. Use lotions to keep your skin hydrated.