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Now Is the Time to Prepare for Fall Allergy Season

By Stephen R. Farris

Even though the National Weather Service is predicting warmer than average weather for the remainder of the year, the fall season is just around the corner. That means a rise in certain pollen that can bring on allergy attacks, as well as other pollen that will be sticking around longer than usual.

The best way to fight back against seasonal allergies is to keep up with the weather forecast on a daily basis to find out what pollen is highest. Make a simple plan to have on hand herbs and a good supply of allergy medicine such as Benadryl. Herbs are a natural way to make some homemade remedies to combat allergies. 

Taking a look at some of the pollen and other things that can bring on seasonal allergies (especially during the fall) you're probably familiar with:

  • Ragweed
  • Mold and mildew
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander and shedding fur

The list seems to grow more than this, but these are a few of the ones you may recognize.

Fighting Back

Just remember, you might want to put on some gloves, a mask to cover your mouth and nose, and something to protect the eyes as well. These items can help prevent you from breathing in pollen, dust, or spores from mold and mildew. 

The next step is to get busy cleaning. Starting outside, if you have ragweed (tends to bloom in late August, but its effects can linger into the fall season), you can dig up the plants or simply keep your lawn mowed down enough to where they won't be able to mature and bloom.

Secondly, break out the bleach or other trusty cleaner and attack mold and mildew. Most of the time these two like to accumulate in the shower, around sinks or anywhere moisture might be.

Don't forget to do a little spring cleaning in preparation for the fall. This means dusting off the ceiling fan blades, around windows, along baseboards of the floor and walls, and making sure your cooling and heating filters are changed out as well. 

Lastly -- but not necessarily the last thing to do -- is to check your pet's fur to make sure their skin is not flaky, as pet dander can bring on allergy symptoms. If you have cats, then you know they tend to shed a lot, so make sure to keep your floors mopped and carpets vacuumed on a regular basis -- in other words, a little more than you normally would.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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