Fall is great: changing leaves, apple cider, pumpkin flavored everything, chilly weather. But what’s not so great about fall are the allergies that accompany the season (with hay fever being the number one culprit). While it might seem like you have to suffer through another few months of sneezing and itchy eyes, you do have some options.
1. Get an air filter
Hay fever is the condition most closely associated with autumn. Hay fever is most often associated with ragweed in the U.S., so it’s hard to avoid. Ragweed grows all over the place, and can be very hard to avoid. Luckily, in your home, you can simply filter the air of all pollen and allergy-inducing substances. Consider getting a HEPA vacuum or air purifier.
2. Wash your hands
This is especially true if you’re going to be touching your face for any reason. Your hands can pick up allergens that can then transfer to your eyes, clothes, or home. Avoid this by washing your hands every time you come inside from being outdoors.
3. Keep your nose clear
Neti pots are commonly used for this purpose. Simply giving your nose a good flushing out can do a world of good for your allergy symptoms because it rinses the pollen from your nose, thus eliminating the possibility of inhaling it further.
4. Check the weather
Often, weather websites will report on a pollen count for any particular day. If it’s really high, that might be a sign that you should stay indoors, or avoid being outside for as long as possible.
5. Remove indoor plants by trial and error
While it’s a shame to get rid of your houseplants, they might be causing some of your allergies. If you don’t want to simply throw all of your plants out, test it out by trial and error. Take one plant and put it in the garage for a day. If your symptoms improve, that plant should go. If your symptoms don’t change, bring that plant in and try another one.
6. Get some OTC medication
There are many over the counter medications for allergy relief. Speak to a pharmacist at your drugstore before trying one of these medicines. He or she will be able to steer you towards the right medication for you.
7. Start early
If you’ve gotten allergies in the fall in years past, it’s likely that you’ll have them this year as well. Anticipate these issues by taking steps to combat your symptoms before they even crop up. This gives you a better chance at feeling like yourself this fall.
8. Go to the doctor
For some, allergy symptoms cannot be managed by these methods. If all else fails, seek the help of a doctor. Sometimes, allergies can have a big impact on a person’s overall health. Bronchitis, asthma and sinus infections are all possibilities.