6 Ways to Cope With Fall Allergies
By Amber Page
While most people are looking forward to putting on fuzzy sweaters and bingeing on all things pumpkin spice, for fall allergy sufferers, the change in seasons is a much less pleasant experience.
If you have fall allergies, you're probably coughing and sneezing, rubbing at itchy, watery eyes, or trying desperately to un-stuff a plugged-up nose.
You might even be counting down the days until the last leaf falls and winter takes hold.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to feel better in the meantime.
Keep an Eye on Pollen Counts
When it comes to fall allergies, pollen is usually the culprit. Days that are warm, dry and windy tend to have high pollen counts -- but other factors can also increase the amount of pollen in the air.
Check with a weather app or the local news to find out when pollen will be high so you can take the appropriate precautions.
Close Everything Up
Once the worst heat of summer has passed, it's nice to give the air conditioner a break and open the windows. But if you're suffering from fall allergies, you'll want to keep it on a little longer.
Stay Inside Between 5 and 10 a.m.
Pollen counts tend to be highest in the morning, so if you can, avoid going out until after 10 a.m. If you do have to leave the house, drive with the car windows up and wear long sleeves and pants to minimize your exposure to pollen.
Let Someone Else Take Care of the Lawn
If you've got a yard, you've got yard work. But spending time outdoors, especially if you're mowing the lawn, weeding the garden or raking leaves, will aggravate your allergies and make you feel worse.
If you can, ask someone else to take care of the yard for you while your allergies are bad. If you have to do it yourself, try wearing a face mask to lower your exposure.
Get the Pollen Off When You Come Inside
If you've spent any amount of time outside, it's a good idea to wash any skin that was exposed as soon as you can. Leave your shoes outside -- or near the door, at the very least -- and change your clothes.
It's also a good idea to wash your hair before going to bed at night. That way you won't end up with pollen all over your pillowcase.
Use Over-the-Counter Medications
If nothing else is working, head to your local drugstore and grab some allergy medicine. Antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants can all be a big help when you're dealing with nasty allergies.
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