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Tips on Beating Fall Allergies
If you're anything like me, you might not just associate allergies with spring. Turns out, a lot of us get fall allergies too! It's actually been reported that about three-quarters of people who get spring allergies are also allergic to the number one cause of allergies in the fall- ragweed. Ragweed pollen begins to inflict it's wrath in August and continues to do so into September and October. You might find yourself sneezing more and experiencing some itchiness when the leaves start changing colors. Sure, there are medications but here are some non over-the-counter tips to help you deal with those fall allergy woes!
Shower After Time Outside
If you've spent some time outdoors, it's not a bad idea to rinse off afterwards. This washes off some of those pollens and helps decrease your chances of experiencing symptoms. Changing clothes and shoes once indoors is also not a bad idea. The less you track pollens through your house, the better.
Get a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are wonderful because they help you with your breathing in general but they are also super helpful in combating allergies. A lot of fall allergies can also be attributed to dust mites and molds which will thrive in a humid environment. It's best to not let the humidity level in your home surpass 50%.
Close Your Windows
This one might be hard because sometimes a nice fall breeze just hits the spot. Unfortunately that breeze will also bring pollens into your home so it's best to just keep them out in the first place. An air conditioner is a good replacement for open windows and will help to keep the air in your home circulated.
Avoid Foods That Can Worsen Symptoms
Start really paying attention to how your body reacts to certain foods. People with ragweed allergies can often get allergic reactions to certain fruits and vegetables due to similarity between the pollen's protein and the proteins in the food. The most common foods that will cause this are bananas, melons, and zucchini. You'll want to watch for itchiness in your lips, mouth, and throat after eating these foods.
Wear a Face Mask and Goggles While Doing Yard Work
At worst, this may get you a few funny second glances from your neighbors. Worth it if it means less exposure to the pollen running rampant in the air. Even better, get someone who isn't allergic to do the work for you!
Hopefully these tips will lead to a less itchy and sneeze-filled fall. If you are unclear on what exactly is causing your fall allergies and your symptoms are interfering with your daily life, it may be best to contact an allergist for a diagnosis.
A little bird told me that TaskEasy has contractors that don’t even blink at the thought of fall allergies. If you are one of the unfortunate people who aren’t so lucky, contact us and we’d be more than happy to help you with all of your fall lawn needs!