Allergy Symptoms Can Get You Down In Las Cruces. You Can Fight Back!
Many Americans associate summer with “hay fever,” which is a popular term referring to human allergies caused by pollen and other air-borne allergens. In fact, itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms can last well into fall, and certainly until the first frost occurs. This phenomenon can be explained with a little exploration into the way plant cycles affect allergens and when they’re released.
Why Pollen Causes Allergies
According to WebMD male plants release what most of us know as “pollen” (actually tiny cells) into the air as part of the reproduction process. Pollen often finds its way onto human skin and clothing and eventually into the noses of people who are allergic to it. This causes their immune system to react as if the allergens are foreign invaders. Antibodies are released to combat the allergens, and the body releases histamines into the blood. It is the histamines that trigger the allergy symptoms that cause suffering. These triggers explain the general name of over-the-counter allergy medications: “anti-histamines.”
The Repeat Offender: Ragweed
Ragweed, as you’ve read on this blog before, is the biggest culprit when it comes to airborne human allergies – and this includes fall allergies. Approximately 75% of people who are allergic to spring pollen-producing plants are also allergic to ragweed. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America notes that ragweed flourishes throughout the U.S. This abundant plant is most commonly found in the Eastern and Midwestern states, but because of wind patterns its pollen can travel hundreds of miles. Therefore, even if ragweed doesn't grow in a particular area its pollen can make allergy suffers miserable in that region. Ragweed typically begins pollinating in August, but the process can continue well into fall, which is why it is one of the problematic fall allergens and can cause fall allergy symptoms.
The Sleeper Agents: Dust Mites
Dust mites, on the other hand, are an indoor fall allergen. Although dust mites are most prevalent during the humid summer, these microscopic insects tend to cause increasing problems once household windows are closed against colder air. They remain in the home and can get stirred up and distributed into the indoor environment the first time the household furnace is turned on. Carpet Cleaning in Las Cruces and Drapery or Blind Cleaning services in Las Cruces provided by Zia Clean can also help combat dust mites, along with Zia Cleans' Area Rug Cleaning Service. It’s also important to wash bedding in hot water on a regular basis, and to replace old bed and couch pillows.
The Petty Thug: Mold
Mold, which thrives in damp areas and can take hold in basements, bathrooms, and near leaky pipes, also can be a cause of fall allergy symptoms. Outside, piles of damp, raked leaves in the yard or on the curb can become a breeding ground for mold. Mold spores, like ragweed, can become airborne and can be re-circulated indoors once the furnace is running.
How You Can Fight Back
Scheduling professional cleanings throughout the year will minimize the presence of airborne allergens in your home and clear out substances that land on or get ground into carpets and furniture. In addition, it’s important to periodically wash coats and other outerwear. We often recommend that homeowners and renters implement a no-shoes policy inside the home, because allergens that land on or attach themselves to footwear can end up being distributed around the house. A small sign near the front and back doors with shoe racks or trays beneath them should do the trick. You can even provide clean sandals or slippers for family members or guests to wear inside the house.
Indoor allergens can be a problem in the fall, just as they can be at any time of year. Thankfully, it’s not necessary for allergic family members to suffer. At Zia Clean, we’d like to be your partner in keeping your home not just clean and odor-free, but also as free as possible of allergens. We can work with you to develop a year-round carpet cleaning schedule in Las Cruces. And don’t forget our Tile and Grout Cleaning Service, which can tackle mold and mildew on tiled kitchen and bathroom surfaces while also making them shine. Call 575-373-1339 for information about these and any of our residential and commercial cleaning services needs you have in Las Cruces. Happy fall!