Fall allergies can be a pesky disturbance to your everyday life. The sniffling, sneezing and general lethargy can make it tough to navigate your daily life. In this blog, we’re offering three quick tips to treat fall allergies.
While many love the fall for its cooler weather, changing leaves and time spent outdoors, there are 36 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies because of the pollen and allergens that are prominent in the air.
In a previous blog post, we discussed some of the common fall allergy symptoms. In this post, we’re offering three quick tips to treat fall allergies.
Monitor pollen levels
Checking on pollen levels is a good way to contain your symptoms. Your local weather station should provide this information. On days where pollen levels are higher, it’s recommended that you choose indoor activities and limit your time outside to minimize your exposure. If you cannot avoid going outside, talk to your doctor about which over-the-counter antihistamine is best for your symptoms.
Dry your clothes indoors
Though there’s nothing quite like the fresh smell of laundry that’s been hanging on the line outside, it’s nothing but a magnet for pollen. While your clothes are drying outside, they are also attracting allergens to stick to the fabric, which means that when you put these clothes on, the pollen and other particles will follow you around all day! During the peak of allergy season, consider foregoing line drying and instead opt for your clothes dryer.
Turn on the AC
A nice cool breeze is a wonderful thing, but, when that breeze is filled with allergens, it’s a whole different story. Be sure to close your windows and keep the air conditioning on during the times when pollen levels are higher. It’s even a good idea to consider using a HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, filter system. This is a filter that forces the air through a fine mesh that then traps dust mites, pollen and other harmful particles.
Contact your primary care physician if you’d like to learn more about seasonal allergy treatment options.