It’s November! Is it a cold? Hay fever? Or is it home fever?

With the summer firmly behind us you’d think hay fever was over for another year. But what if you’re still sneezing and streaming? It could be a cold but there’s also a chance you’re allergic to other airborne allergens that are more common in the Autumn and winter.  

By this time of year most wind pollenating grasses and weeds have finished flowering but the very mild, wet weather through October and November has triggered some of them into another flowering cycle. It’s breezy too so if you’re feeling itchy and sneezy when you’re out and about, this could be the reason.

There are more culprits lurking in the fallen leaves and the earth. They look pretty and they’re fun to kick through but as the leaves rot, moulds take hold and during dry windy weather the spores get whipped up into the atmosphere causing hay fever type symptoms for some of us. The mild, damp weather has spawned a bumper crop of wild fungi and mushrooms too and once again, as they dry out they spread their spores on the wind causing irritation in anyone who’s sensitive. 

Mushroom fungi mould spores growing throw autumn leaves

Airborne fungal spores growing through autumn leavesIn summer it’s possible to escape the worst of the pollen by coming indoors but as the temperature drops and the central heating goes on, ‘home fever’ can take over.

Radiators can harbour a lot of dust and when the thermostat kicks in, the heat lifts the particles into the air and ultimately into our airways causing irritation and congestion. And while we’re all trying to conserve energy, closed windows mean poorer ventilation and condensation – especially in damp environments like bathrooms where the conditions are perfect for mould to develop. In the bedroom, dust mites thrive in warm, moist conditions and pets in warm houses also produce more dander which can lead to added allergic irritation.

Whether it’s a cold or seasonal allergy, we’re here to help with hints and tips to help ease the discomfort of late hay fever and home fever!

  • Keep bathrooms and bedrooms well ventilated by opening windows first thing in the morning to reduce the risk of mould build up.
  • Make a mould killer spray part of your cleaning kit in bathrooms and window frames where mould can build up.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom to reduce the spread of irritating dander  
  • Use pillow protectors to reduce the risk from dust mites in bedding
  • Use the nozzle on your vacuum to clear dust from the back of radiators
  • Keep some Breaze balm in your pocket to protect against late pollen and mould spores when you’re out and about.
  • Breaze pillowcases are great for easing the stuffiness of colds as well as allergies so whatever’s getting up your nose they will help you breathe easier and sleep better.
  • Put a few drops of Breaze oil in a bowl of warm water and steam your head under a towel to ease congestion and blocked sinuses.