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Approaching autumn: hello, hay fever

Despite the warmer months being associated with flourishing and new blooms, the autumnal months may also bring about their own irritants.

3 reasons why you can’t stop sneezing in autumn?

1. Ragweed

The most common allergy stressor during these months is ragweed. On our islands, this is known as “l-ambrożja”. Whilst not the most common plant around, ragweed pollen is lightweight and aerodynamic, and can travel great distances across land and sea. In late August, the plant starts to release its pollen; a process which may continue to occur throughout September and October. Most individuals who suffer from spring allergies are impacted by the presence of ragweed pollen.

2. Mould

Autumn is also a season often associated with dampness: the breeding ground for mould. Mould can thrive in multiple environments often remaining unnoticed by individuals but highlighted by their allergies. Moist natural matter such as soil and wet leaves are favourite hangouts for mould spores to reproduce.

3. Cold

As the temperature drops, some people begin turning their air conditioning units to higher temperatures. These large appliances often house dust mites, which are subsequently released into your home when the appliance is in use. Dust mites may be responsible for triggering off your hay fever.

What are the most common allergy symptoms?

Like all physical ailments, allergies present themselves differently from person to person. The most common symptoms include runny noses, frequent sneezing, a dry cough, a fatigued appearance with dark circles under watery eyes and itchiness.

If you suspect you are suffering from allergies, inform your doctor. To diagnose you, a doctor might run a skin test during which a small quantity of allergy-inducing product will be placed upon your skin. The skin underneath the product will be prodded and if you are indeed suffering from allergies, the area itches and raises a bump like an insect bite. In addition to this, your medical history will also be discussed with your medical professional to gain a better understanding of your holistic health.

So, you’ve been diagnosed with allergies. What’s the way forward?

If your nose gets irritatingly inflamed, you may be prescribed steroidal products to reduce the swelling. Antihistamines do an excellent job at stopping excessive sneezing and itchiness. A blocked and dry nose can be alleviated using decongestants. Allergy-aiding injections, as well as oral tablets, may be prescribed on a case-by-case basis. Discuss which solutions are best suited for your needs with a trusted healthcare professional.

How can I prevent autumn allergies?

Weather apps now can track the amount of pollen in the air of a specific area. By checking such apps, you can select the least pollinated areas/ time of day and therefore diminish allergy symptoms if you are sensitive to pollen. At home, closing windows greatly decreases the amount of pollen entering your rooms.

Cleaning or replacing AC vents may reduce and eliminate the presence of dust mites in your home immensely.

Regulating the humidity levels in your home to be around 35% to 50% humid by means of a dehumidifier can lessen the likelihood of aggravated allergy symptoms.

When gardening or spending great amounts of time in nature, wear a filtered mask to prevent ingesting mould particles.

In short, you do not have to live with the miserable symptoms of allergies.

If you would like more information about our regular health screening services, contact us today on +356 21221355, 9985 2404 or send an email on

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