Rake up the Allergens
Posted on October 13, 2016

Leaves are Falling

While the fall leaves are beautiful to look at, they can bring about lots of problems.  Between the backache that you get from raking and the potential of breathing in all the allergens...leaves can be nothing but trouble.

  • If your kids are playing in the dead leaves, make sure to have them wear protective clothing.  Then, make sure to wash the clothing in hot water after being outside.
  • If your pet is playing in the leaves, make sure to brush it off and wash hands really well after brushing them.
  • If you are raking or leaf blowing, you could be stirring up all sorts of asthma and allergy triggers.  Dead leaves are home to all sorts of dirt particles and  mold.  Try to avoid getting the mold on your skin - so long protective clothes is recommended.
  • If you decide to burn the leaf pile, give it a second thought - when you burn the leaves with dirt and mold on them, it can release a pollutant can irritate the eyes, nose and throat.  Especially if you have asthma, this is not recommended and you are better off disposing of the leaves in an alternative method.

Click here to read an article from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology about the "Four things you might not know about Fall Allergies."

If you are interested in seeing a board-certified allergist, call us at Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center to get your fall allergy symptoms under control.

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