Welcome to our page on fall allergies when we will discuss the most common call allergies, and also what causes fall allergies. It is not uncommon for people to experience the odd fall allergy or two, so in order to help better understand them and how to avoid them, we have made this guide for you. We have also highlighted where the worst places to be are if you are a fall allergy victim with a list of the worst cities for fall allergies.
In previous years it seems as though the fall allergy season has grown longer and longer, and this is a trend that allergy sufferers are not wishing to see continue. However, there is nothing that can be done about this as it is purely down to natures will. However, if you are clued up on when fall allergy season actually is, and what you can do in order to protect yourself from the various fall allergies that you may be susceptible to, you will be going a long way to making life easier for yourself.
Fall allergies are generally weed allergies, with summer allergies being related mainly to grass, and spring allergies mainly relating to trees. These are the seasons that each of these species pollinate.
List of fall allergies
First of all we are going to provide a list of fall allergies, some you will have heard of and some you may be reading about for the first time.
Undoubtedly the ragweed plant and pollen that it produces is the most common fall allergy. Just one ragweed plant can produce a billion grains of pollen each ragweed season and when released into the air they can be carried hundreds of miles due to being so light weight. Ragweed pollen is the number one cause of hay fever in North America and once it is in the air you only need to be outside in order to breath it in and subsequently begin to display ragweed allergy symptoms. The ragweed season will run from mid-summer in August until the end of the fall. In hotter regions ragweed can continue to pollinate throughout the winter. Of all the fall allergies this is one that causes the most wide spread problems.
One other common fall allergy is an allergy to mold. During the fall mold allergies become apparent outdoors as they grow best in the frosty conditions. They occur in compost piles, soil and leaves on the ground that have fallen from trees. This fall allergy typically occurs after ragweed allergy has stopped, because the frost is what kills the ragweed plants. Mold spores can get in the air and effect people in much the same way as pollen, by being breathed in. Mold allergy symptoms include, runny nose, stuffy nose, rash, wheezing, irritated eyes, you could be forgiven for thinking ragweed season has been extended if you are unfortunate enough to suffer from both of these fall allergies. There are many mold allergy treatments that can be bought from local pharmacies, stores and even online.
Various other weeds
Besides ragweed there are various other weeds than can cause fall allergies. However, not all of the following weeds pollinate in the same way as ragweed. By this we mean that the pollen that they produce is not necessarily wind pollinated, so released into the air and spread by the wind. Instead the pollen is carried around by insects, so they are significantly less of a threat to humans.
- Sheep Sorrel
- Sage brush
- Pig's weed
- Curly dock
The above weeds are all also contributors to seasonal allergies.
When is fall allergy season?
So we have covered what the various fall allergies are on our list of fall allergies, but when is fall allergy season? This is a very good question and the answer is generally mid-August through to the end of October each year. However, as we have stated in recent years this has been somewhat prolonged. The reason for this is warmer temperatures in the fall that have allowed causes such as pollen bearing plants to stay alive and producing later on in the year.
What is the most common fall allergy?
The most common fall allergy is without a doubt ragweed allergy, caused by the pollen produced from the ragweed plant. This effects in excess of thirty five million people in America, over the months of August through October. For more information on what the symptoms of ragweed allergy are please click here.
What causes fall allergies?
The causes of fall allergies are pollen produced by plants, and mold. Although these are the things that trigger a seasonal allergy, the cause may be down to a certain persons immune system. As it is the immune system that is over-reacting to something that in actual fact poses no threat at all.
What are the worst cities for fall allergies?
So you have read up on what fall allergies are, when they occur and also what the most common fall allergies are, but what are the worst cities for fall allergies? In this next section we have listed some of the hotspots when it comes to allergies throughout the fall.
- Tulsa & Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- St Louis, Missouri
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Wichita, Kansas
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Jackson, Mississippi
- McAllen, Dallas, San Antonio Texas
- Dayton, Ohio
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Augusta, Georgia
- Charlotte, North Carolina
Webmd.com lists these fall allergy capitals as the places you are most likely to experience a fall allergy based on factors including prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine use per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.
More than allergies in the fall
Thank you for reading our page all about fall allergies and what the most common fall allergy is. Please take the time to look around the website at the free information and help that we have for you. We cover other seasonal allergies as well as the most common and problematic in ragweed pollen allergy. You have heard all about what ragweed allergy is and the problem that it caused for in excess of thirty five million Americans each year, but what does it look like? Find out on our page with a gallery of ragweed pictures on.