Fighting Fall Allergies
At least 20 percent of the American population — 60 million individuals — suffers from hay fever, a seasonal allergy. Symptoms include:
- Stuffy nose
- Itchy and/or watery eyes
- Nasal drip
The proper term for hay fever is allergic rhinitis. It is sometimes misidentified as a cold, but in reality lingers all season long, making sufferers miserable for months on end. Hay fever is not caused by a virus; rather it arises from the immune responses of our bodies to various allergens, such as pollen, mold and pet dander. Science has yet to fully understand the underlying mechanisms for hay fever, and therefore there are several different treatment approaches, including:
- The Allergy Kit
To lower your direct exposure to fall irritants such as mold and pollen, McNairn recommends the following:
- Do not fear fall’s arrival if you suffer from fall allergies. Understanding ways to decrease your direct exposure to mold and pollen can make all the distinction.
- Go to a specialist who can detect your allergy and advise methods to handle it if your seasonal allergy signs are conflicting with your day-to-day life or triggering you annoying signs.
- Make use of a dehumidifier, an electrical home appliance that can lower humidity in your home, to keep the relative humidity in your house at less than 50 percent.
- Ask somebody who is not adverse clean noticeable mold with a diluted bleach option.
- Routinely clean space humidifiers, due to the fact that they are vulnerable to establishing mold.
- Have somebody who is not allergic do backyard work (raking leaves, cutting the yard), or use a face mask and goggles if you need to do it yourself.
When ragweed pollen levels are high, keep the windows shut and the air conditioner running.
Shower after being outdoors and prevent taking your unclean clothing and shoes into the bed room, to keep the space as pollen-free as possible.