Itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, coughing, dark circles under your eyes – it is allergy season again. For people who have hayfever, which is an allergy to ragweed, fall outdoor activities can cause misery.
There are some ways to make allergy season easier without surviving on allergy medications that can make you drowsy.
Watch what you eat.
People with allergy symptoms can make them worse by eating melon, cucumbers, bananas and other fruits and vegetables. These fruits can cause an allergy sufferer to have an itchy throat and mouth, which is called OAS or oral allergy syndrome.
See your doctor.
Experimenting with over-the-counter allergy medications can be a waste of time and money. Your doctor can determine what allergy medication may work better for you and maybe even suggest allergy shots which can be more effective.
Avoid high pollen counts.
On days where the pollen count is high, avoid being outdoors between the peak times of exposure (usually 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). To find out the pollen count in your area, you can watch your local newscast in the morning or check out the AAAAI’s website. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports current pollen and mold spore levels to the public which can help allergy sufferers know when their risks of symptoms will be higher.
Prepare your home for winter.
Have your heating ducts cleaned professionally before you begin to use your heat. This will rid your home of irritants that have been able to grow all summer. Have your furnace professionally cleaned also. This will also check that your furnace is working efficiently.
A high efficiency particulate air filter installed in your furnace can help to trap any irritants. Having an air cleaner with a good filter will also help to keep your home free of air-born irritants.
Using a humidifier in your home can also help you to reduce your allergy symptoms.
Keep your home clean.
Spending the money on a good quality vacuum made to lower allergens can help you to keep outdoor irritants from entering your home. Although fall is a time where we look forward to opening our windows, this often lets the irritants come into your home. On days where the pollen and mold spore counts are high, keep your windows closed.
When you are outside doing fall activities in the yard like raking leaves, wear a mask to avoid inhaling irritants from leaves and grass clippings. Wear gloves and when you return indoors, take your shoes off immediately. When you come into your home without removing your shoes you are spreading irritants throughout your home.
You can have an easier time with your fall allergy symptoms by following these tips.