Yaaaay, Summer is over! Let’s rejoice as it means the end of allergy season! – Wrong. With Autumn just around the corner, you have not quite escaped the wrath of pollen and other allergens! Those itchy eyes, headaches, runny noses and constant sneezing by both you and your work colleagues are not over just yet as you learn to deal with your intolerances and allergies.
It is not necessarily hay fever that you should be watching out for. So, when you are chilling by the fire, doing the pub quiz or sitting down for a Super Sunday of sport, you may actually be developing your own intolerances and allergies. Lots of people will turn around and ask ‘are you are being serious?’, well yes, we are.
What intolerances should we watch out for?
Pollen will still be a nuisance in the Autumn, but not necessarily the kind you think. Other potential intolerances include dust, mould and other allergies, all of which are driven by the cold weather.
Weather brings about Mould
Yes, in actual fact the weather has more of an impact than you may think. This is because as it gets colder we are driven inside, as we want to stay warm. What you should watch out for is Mould Spores which are built up due to the fact that we are spending more time inside, and the weather is impacting on the inside of the house. They are always present, but they tend to have an even larger presence as the Autumn brings about the damp weather.
If you suspect that you may have an allergy or an intolerance to mould, then you should identify what symptoms are usually associated with an intolerance. These symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. However, if you have a higher intolerance of this item or even an allergy, then you may experience shortness of breath, which can be incredibly severe.
Bust the Dust
Have you ever beaten a cushion, a load of dust flies off and you start sneezing? Or you haven’t hoovered for a while and the dust pile just builds up and causes your runny nose? Well, this could be because of dust mites. Like mould spores, dust mites are always present, but they have more of an impact during the Winter! Our advice? Clean, hoover and clean again! You should also constantly wipe down the surfaces and furniture.
Prepare for Winter
So, you are probably wondering how you can manage these intolerances and allergies? Well, to find out what non-environmental factors you may have an intolerance to, then you can take an intolerance test at www.allergytestireland.com. If you think you may have an allergy, then we recommend you speak to a Doctor ASAP.