Four Tips to Combat Fall Allergies
Fall is a festive time of year with changing foliage, cooler weather, pumpkin carving, and symptoms of hay fever. Ragweed, the release of pollen into the air by weeds and other plants, and outdoor mold can all trigger fall allergies for as many as one in five Americans.
Ragweed pollen is the most common trigger during fall hay fever season. Plants can start blooming in some regions of the country as early as August and one plant can release up to 1 billion pollen grains per season. The pollen released can travel up to 400 miles and floats in the air and lingers on leaves.
Allergy symptoms can vary but are commonly characterized by symptoms like:
- Watery, itchy eyes
- Lots of sneezing
- Itchy throat
- Dry, itchy skin
Below are four tips to combat fall allergies and relieve some of the symptoms listed.
- Avoid Triggers – Monitor pollen counts and avoid going outdoors if you are in a high pollen zone. Wear a face mask if you have to be outside, especially on windy days and in the morning hours when ragweed pollen levels are highest.
- Clean Up – Wash pollens off your skin and hair as soon as you can after being outside. Limit the amount of pollen and allergens brought indoors by changing shoes before coming inside and changing clothing inside the front door.
- Clear the Air – Dehumidifiers reduce the number of dust mites and molds in your home by reducing the humidity. Replace the air filters in your home and car with high efficiency filters and change them often.
- Take an OTC product – Taking an OTC antihistamine is one of the easiest and most effective ways to manage allergy symptoms. For best results you should start to take fall allergy medicine about two weeks before symptoms usually begin and continue for two weeks after the first frost.
A number of non-drowsy, long-lasting antihistamines are available in an over-the-counter form and do not require a prescription. Some commonly known antihistamines include Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec. You can find relief for your fall allergy symptoms from these national brands in convenient trial pack sizes
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