Today, (Wed, Sept 22nd) is the first day of fall and I don't know about you, but my body is certainly reacting with my allergies flaring up!

I know that I'm not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and not just seasonal changes. Shifts in weather can be a big factor as well which we are experiencing right now in the Concho Valley. We went from 100+ Temperatures to the 80's in one day.

Allergy season actually affects people in different ways throughout the year because with changes in weather come new allergens which affect people allergic to those specific allergens.

I did a little research today to find more information to share with those of you who suffer at times with the effects of allergens.

For instance, Ragweed is quite often a problem for many as we enter Fall because ragweed releases it’s pollen between the end of the summer and the first frost of fall.

If you have allergic asthma, cold air is a trigger, particularly when outside exercising.

Hot summer days often have the highest levels of air pollution and can affect allergic asthma.

Wind gusts as I'm sure you know, can blow pollen and other allergens into the air which is a major cause of  hay fever.

Humid, moist conditions can cause mold growth, both inside and outside the home which can bring on dust mites, another common allergen.

There are numerous factors that cause problems with allergies throughout the year. Allergies don’t always line up with the seasons. If whatever you are allergic to is in the air, no matter what the season, you will experience the effects with your allergies.

I have always had my share of problems with allergies and do my best to keep them in check with a preventative medicine that I take.

Perhaps you have found solutions to allergies that you deal with and would like to share them with us. Please let all of us know with a comment below!

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