Golden Rod in Ontario



How to Identify and Manage Fall Allergies

I have created this post in partnership with Reactine. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are like me and you sniffle and sneeze in late summer and fall, you may be suffering from allergies!  Spring gets a bad rap as one of the worst allergy seasons, but for so many people, fall can be the time we reach for tissues just as much or even more often.  

To help you identify and hopefully steer clear of common allergy triggers this fall, I’ve included some tips below on which plants and pollens are to blame for many seasonal fall allergy symptoms!

What plants can we blame?  

Golden rod often gets the finger pointed at, but in Ontario, ragweed really takes the tissue.  The reason the two get confused is that they both bloom at the same time with a similar look and colour.  The big difference between goldenrod is that it is insect pollinated, while ragweed is a wind pollinated plant.  

Plants that impact our fall senses are mostly weeds including pigweed, lamb’s quarters and sheep sorrel. However, popular plants that are often found in our garden have been proven to have links to seasonal allergies, including fall asters and chrysanthemums.

Where do these allergy triggers live?

Ragweed grows everywhere from roadsides, vacant lots, open fields to home gardens.  As a matter of fact, ragweed pollen can travel several hundred kilometers on the wind and that pollen is the ingredient to your itchy eyes and runny nose.  If you are allergic to spring plants, there is a good chance you are allergic to ragweed too.  Ragweed season begins in August but can extend well into October.  






Watch-outs and Things to Consider

For us gardeners we all know cleanliness is godliness when it comes to tucking your garden for winter.  We often head outdoors with rake in hand to clean up leaves off the lawn, relocating them to the compost pile but…beware!  Mold is another fall allergy trigger.  Mold spores love it in damp and dark places, and any pile of wet leaves can be a haven for mold.  My recommendations is to wait until the  leaves dry before raking or getting someone who doesn’t have allergies to lend a hand     

As a seasonal allergy suffer, I try to avoid working outdoors on windy days and I often wait until mid-morning before working in the garden, as it gives time to dry from morning dews.  However, in recent years, I have started taking Reactine to manage my allergy symptoms and it has made a world of difference. I often take it before I know I will be outside or in the garden to proactively manage my symptoms.  From my allergies to grass or heightened pollen counts in fall, Reactine has help me #SufferNoMore.  For more information on fall allergies and Reactine, visit Reactine.ca or click https://bit.ly/2NBBXIF