Autumn is a spectacular time of year. But as beautiful as the changing leaves can be, Fall is no stranger to the miseries of seasonal allergies.
It can be quite challenging to relieve the symptoms associated with autumn. In fact, many begin to feel the effects long before summer is over. That's because many of the allergens that trigger congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, etc., of fall seasonal allergies have been with us since June, and once September rolls around, they become even more common.
Fall allergens are typically triggered by weeds, the most common being ragweed. Mold spores also become rampant, while dust mites and other triggers help their allergen pals to make you feel awful.
But there are ways to help you to breathe easier and ditch the tissues. Here are our tips on how to treat Fall seasonal allergies:
Talk to a healthcare professional who can figure out exactly what is causing your body to react. By identifying the cause, you can target your allergy triggers and effectively plan your counterattack. An allergist can determine the specific allergens that affect you and help you create a defense.
Check the pollen levels where you live. How? There are many weather websites and weather apps that you can add to your phone to keep track of daily allergen counts. This information can help you avoid exposure when pollen is high by limiting outdoor activities.
Close your doors and windows. When your windows are open, you're allowing all those creepy allergens to infest your home. They'll set up shop in your curtains, drapes, rugs, towels, and shower curtains. There's nothing like drying your face with a towel and ending up with a face full of allergens after a nice shower. UGH! Make sure your doors and windows are properly caulked and sealed. Keep your AC on, and make sure to change the filter often.
Install HEPA filters in air conditioning and heating systems. These specialized filters remove tiny particles in the air and improve air quality.
When cleaning your home, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Remember to vacuum couches, chairs, and beds, too. Use hot water to wash bedding, curtains, and towels. Don't just push dust around; use a damp cloth to capture dust mites and make sure they don't become airborne.
Ugh! Those creepy little black dots in your bathroom carry more than just a bad look. Mold spores grow and are not good for anyone, especially if you are allergic. Use dehumidifiers to absorb excess moisture in your home and check for any leaks that can cause mold to form and spread in your home.
Pollen loves to hitch a ride on clothing, so whenever you spend time outdoors, change your clothes when you go inside. Showering will also remove allergens from your hair and body, and you won't bring those little stowaways to bed.
If you are congested, a Neti pot will irrigate your nasal passages and wash away any allergens. Many swear by nasal irrigation as an all-natural way to fight seasonal allergy symptoms. When all else fails, a neti pot can quickly relieve congestion and the headache and misery it can cause.
Many types of OTC medications target fall allergies. Antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays can relieve congestion, itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, and cough. But before you use any medication, consult a healthcare professional, especially if you have health conditions or are taking any other meds.
When natural remedies fail, allergy shots can boost your immune system and strengthen your body against allergens.
There are some all-natural ways to combat allergens and help relieve symptoms. Butterbur, quercetin, and local honey are quite effective for some people. However, the effectiveness can vary from person to person.
Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy the beauty of the fall season without sniffling, sneezing, and congestion. An allergist can help you with a personalized treatment plan. HPFY carries many over-the-counter allergy relief medications. Explore our vast collection today and have a beautiful, allergy-free Fall.
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