Trees turning into fiery colors. Leaves falling. Cooler weather. All are signs that summer is ending, and fall is beginning. As our thoughts shift towards the seasonal holidays, and adding layers to our everyday attire, it’s easy to get caught up in all the changes going on. One thing that may not have changed, though, is fighting allergies.
Anytime a person suffers from allergic reactions – in this case, fall allergies – it is due to an issue in the body’s immune system. The immune system is the body’s defense system, protecting the body while attacking potentially harmful substances. When this system is functioning, it works to keep you healthy, fight off infection and/ or disease, and assists with handling stress. All this is possible when the immune system and the nervous system can communicate effectively. However, if there is any nerve interference, the immune system, along with the nervous system, will not function properly.
When there is miscommunication between the body’s immune and nervous systems, especially as the seasons change, patients may experience allergic reactions, sinus congestion, asthma, shortness of breath, and other similar symptoms. Some of the most common triggers for fall season allergies are:
· Dust. More specifically, dust mites. While more common during summer months, dust can be stirred up when turning on the heat in the house for the first time. Symptoms, such as runny noses and sneezing, decrease the more time heat is run throughout the house. In addition, kids will encounter dust while at school, whether in the classroom or out on the playground.
· Mold. Of course, the first thoughts to appear when thinking about mold is what you may find in a basement or a bathroom. Mold spores love wet spots both inside and outside the house, such as piles of damp leaves on the lawn. In addition, humidity, dry and windy weather from hot summer months can cause mold to start releasing spores into the air, well into the cooler months that follow.
· Ragwood pollen. One of the biggest allergy triggers during the fall, ragwood pollen affects most people who are allergic to spring plants. As the pollen is released, starting in August, it can travel long distances during September and October. Certain foods such as melons and zucchini can cause allergic reactions due to having contact with ragwood pollen. Some people know this type of allergy trigger as hay fever.
At Diamond Chiropractic, we understand how fall allergies can affect everyone, and how spinal misalignment may be the cause behind them. More specifically, how spinal misalignments result in imbalances in the body’s six zones, and how Zone Technique and concept therapy assist in the healing process. If you suffer from fall allergies in Omaha, contact Diamond Chiropractic. We are here to help you!