Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

How do leaves affect allergies?

For some people fall allergies can be just as bothersome as spring allergies.

When leaves fall from the trees, it can be more than just an eyesore. For people with allergies, raking leaves can be a major source of irritation, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

When leaves are raked – especially when wet – it can stir up pollen and mold, sending the allergens into the air and causing allergy and asthma symptoms, according to the ACAAI.

The best solution is to avoid raking, but if that is not possible, make sure to wear a NIOSH rated N95 mask to help avoid an allergic reaction, according to the ACAAI. Also, remove and wash your clothes as soon as you are back indoors.

For more information about leaves and allergies, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine