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- The primary fall allergy trigger, ragweed pollen, causes itchy and runny nose, nasal congestion, repeated sneezing, watery eyes, inflamed sinuses and, in severe cases, difficulty breathing.
- Ragweed pollinates from mid-August to early October through most of the United States.
- Pollen from weeds is a greater problem in the fall than in the spring, and fall weeds are surprisingly more prevalent than spring gardens in major urban areas and locations with significant construction.
- As global warming conditions boost, ragweed levels and fall storms and tornadoes disperse allergens and outdoor mold.
- But, it’s not just an outdoor problem. Ragweed pollen also makes its way indoors and families who are fighting asthma and allergies need to avoid pollen from getting in their homes, and remove it when it does sneak inside.
- More than 45 million Americans have nasal allergies and the majority are allergic to ragweed.
- Additionally, 25 million Americans have asthma and pollen can be a trigger for them, too.
- Mold is more common in the air in the autumn as decaying leaves and other vegetation fall to the ground.
- Outdoor mold, resulting from previous storms, can continue to grow and can spread from fall weather and wind patterns.
- Use Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products and services–like Stanley Steemer’s carpet cleaning–that are proven through independent, scientific testing to be highly effective at removing allergens from your carpet.
- Reduce the presence of mold by keeping indoor humidity below 50% and clearing the yard of damp firewood and leaves.
- Wear a dust mask when digging around plants, picking up leaves, or disturbing other plant materials.
- Clean garbage receptacles frequently to avoid mold build-up.
- Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from blowing into your home.
- Change the air filter in your furnace every 30-90 days to help capture pollen and other allergens.
- Talk to your doctor. Symptoms from allergic reactions to pollen and outdoor mold are often confused with a cold or the flu, particularly in the fall.
- Visit www.aafa.org/certified for more tips.
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