Don’t Fall Victim To Fall Allergies

Fall Allergies

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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Fall is here. A chill is in the air — and so are allergens.

Spring pollen has given way to ragweed and mold, meaning coughing and congestion for allergy sufferers.

Allegheny Health Network Allergist Dr. Allison Freeman tells Larry and John the worst of the ragweed pollen is done, but mold is still a concern for allergy sufferers. And those allergens are a bigger concern if they get inside.

“My Fall checklist would include changing the furnace filters on the heating system and try to do that every month or six weeks,” Freeman said. “The less expensive filters changed more often might be a better way to go than buying the super expensive ones.”

Indoor allergens become problematice as residents turn their furnaces on and unpack warm bedding.

“A lot of pet sufferers will come in and say to me ‘oh but my dog doesn’t bother me,’” Freeman said. “But when you turn on the heat and you stir up all that old dander from the year before it probably will.”

She also recommends washing bedding in hot water when it first comes out of storage. The dust mites inside can lead to morning congestion and post nasal drip, as well as irritate individuals with asthma.

“High humidity makes [dust mites] breed really well,” Freeman said. “And then you put those heavy blankets on the bed and they’re just loaded down with dust mites and it may cause people to have asthma attacks as well sometimes.”

For raking up moldy leaves, Freeman says sensitive people can wear a mask — or have someone else do it!

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