Five lesser-known allergy triggers to watch out for

Why spend fall sneezing and itching if you don’t have to? Get to know these triggers, so you’re better prepared to manage your allergy symptoms.

If the presence of mould or ragweed pollen in the fall makes your nose run or eyes itch, you’re not alone. You may have already discovered that avoiding certain allergy triggers can help you or your child manage symptoms—but there might be triggers you haven’t thought of that could be provoking allergy symptoms.

Read on to learn about five lesser-known allergy triggers—and what you can do about them.

1. Your stress level

Fall can be a stressful time for many of us. Although stress doesn’t cause allergies, extreme psychological stress and allergic disorder have been linked in clinical practice for hundreds of years. In fact, a recent study suggests individuals with persistent emotional stress may have more frequent allergy flares. All the more reason to do things that help lower your stress level, whether that means practicing regular yoga or simply planning chill-out time.

2. Warmer-than-usual fall weather

Who doesn’t love summer weather in the fall? Well, people with seasonal allergies might not. That’s because lingering warm weather in autumn can make pesky allergy symptoms stick around for longer. You may have no control over unseasonably warm weather, but there are things you can do to help manage your allergy symptoms when they appear—such as taking an antihistamine product for multi-symptom allergy relief.

3. Raking leaves

Most people don’t enjoy raking leaves, but it can be even worse for those who experience seasonal allergies, and here’s why: the act of raking can release pollen and mould into the air, which can bring on or intensify allergy symptoms. Try asking someone else in your household without allergies to take on this chore (and explain to them that you’re not just being lazy!). Or, if there’s no one else to do it, wear a respirator that filters out most airborne particles.

4. Firewood in your home

As the temperature outside is dropping and you’re dreaming about cozying up to a fire with loved ones, you may want to think twice about storing firewood in your home. That’s because mould can live on firewood, and mould can trigger your allergy symptoms. Try finding another covered storage spot outside your home, or use neatly packaged synthetic firelogs.

5. School allergens

If you work in a school or have a child with allergies, you may be hearing complaints about allergy symptoms. This could be because of a few possible triggers, including:

  • Pet dander: If your child has a pet allergy, he or she could be reacting to pet dander from the class pet. Or if there’s no pet in class but your child is sitting next to kids with family pets, your child may be reacting to the pet dander on other kids’ clothes.
  • Chalk dust: We all know there’s plenty of chalk dust floating around in the classroom, and it can, unfortunately, be an allergy trigger.

A non-drowsy antihistamine product made for kids might be a good option for managing your child’s allergy symptoms in class. If you think your child may have allergies, you could consider providing his or her teacher with a non-drowsy antihistamine that is right for your child.

Now that you’re up to speed on these lesser-known allergy triggers, you’re better prepared to manage your and your child’s symptoms this fall.

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