Get Ready for the Onslaught of Fall Allergens, Allergy Specialists in St. Augustine Say

Late summer rains mean autumn allergies may be tougher this year.

Late summer rains mean autumn allergies may be tougher this year.

The fall season is upon us. For most, that means hay rides, bonfires and, before you know it, Christmas tree decorating. But if you’re among the estimated 40 million Americans suffering fall allergies, the holiday season isn’t quite so happy, say allergy specialists with St. Augustine’s St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat.

June begins Jacksonville’s rainiest season, peaking in September with an average eight inches of rainfall. While the rain does help wash away the pollen, there’s a catch that allergy sufferers know all too well. Before washing the pollen away, raindrops will burst pollen particles, releasing tiny specks of it into the air at much higher concentrations. When patients inhale this fragmented pollen, it can trigger an allergic reaction.

This year, the ordeal may be worse than normal for allergy patients in Northeast Florida, thanks to record rainfall in parts of the South. All that rain has ragweed and grass pollen flourishing. And where there’s rain, there often soon is mold. Heavy rainfall mixed with the seasonal dying off of trees and plants means damp, decaying plant matter – a breeding ground for mold. Though you don’t see it, microscopic mold spores can fill the air around you.

As the holiday season progresses, so too does the risk of allergic reactions. Seasonal greenery, wood-burning fires, and mold that settles into damp evergreens like wreaths, boughs and Christmas trees are common seasonal allergens that can wreak havoc on your holidays.

To help keep your allergies at bay during the holiday season, call 904-461-6060 and schedule a consultation with an allergy specialist at St. Augustine Ear, Nose & Throat.