Prepare For Fall Allergies Now

October 10, 2019

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As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, we get excited for a new season to arrive.  However it also means a slew of new allergens to deal with and once again seasonal allergies return to your stuffy head and watery eyes. Fall allergies begin in early August and continue until November, which means three to four months of misery if you’re unprepared, so it’s important to know what’s behind this assault on your senses and how to keep yourself from sneezing your way to the holidays. Fall allergies are mostly caused by weed pollen, with ragweed being king of the mountain. There are 17 species of ragweed across the county and its pollen can be travel up to 50 miles on its own and hundreds of miles on food, containers and even the mail!  Mold is another biggie, especially in the south, with mold spore production peaking in October. So now you know what’s causing you to sneeze and feel congested. So have a plan. You may want to consider taking a shower at the end of your day instead of the beginning.  Believe it or not, your hair is a pollen magnet, so washing it and your skin right after going outside will get rid of any allergens clinging to you and entering your home. The same goes for your pets, so regularly brushing and washing their coats will prevent those allergens from coming inside. Pollen counts are generally at their peak between 5am and 10am, so plan your day to be indoors during the morning to limit exposure as much as possible. Prepare with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines, decongestants and saline for nasal irrigation can play a big part in you making it through the fall allergy season without feeling miserable. Talk to your doctor about the3 best route and also consider allergy shots, which may help when other types of medications do not.

SOURCE: Popular Science

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