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How the Change in Season Affects Allergies

By Donna Stark

For most people, the change of seasons is an enjoyable time of the year, but for some people, the arrival of chillier temperatures and colored leaves can be a time of dread and doom. Why? Well, while those idyllic images of fall are certainly nice to think about, they are also a sign that runny noses, congested sinuses, unrelenting sneezes, and itchy eyes are right around the corner.

Allergies and the Change in Season

The transition between seasons can lead to a lot of uncomfortable days for people who suffer from allergies. And although the triggers can vary between individuals, they do share a common bond ... misery. Take a look at some of the weather conditions that cause the most problems.

  • Dry or cold air
  • High humidity and heat
  • Rain and thunderstorms
  • Sudden weather changes
  • Atmospheric pressure changes

Tips for Dealing With Allergies

While the weather may not affect everyone the same way, it is still a good idea to take certain precautions to reduce the severity of your symptoms. Here are some suggestions from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

  • Air quality - There is nothing better than to spend time with Mother Nature, especially during this beautiful season, but before you do, slow down. Check your local allergy forecast and pollen counts before you head outside and plan your day accordingly.
  • Living space - It sure is tempting to let the cool fall air in your home but be careful when you do because you may also be letting in allergens that can cause discomfort. It might be better to keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible and use your central air conditioning instead during this time.
  • Protection - If work, sports, or any other commitment forces you to be outdoors when pollen counts are high, be sure to wear a mask and sunglasses. Doing so can help prevent pollen exposure and will protect your nose, eyes, and lungs.
  • Removal - Change and wash your clothes after you spend time outdoors and keep your shoes by the front door so you aren't tracking anything through your home. You may also want to take a shower to wash the pollen off your body and out of your hair as soon as you come inside.

Knowing When to Seek Help

When it comes to seasonal allergies, staying up-to-date on news, tips, and treatments is important. You can do this by connecting with others, researching online, and seeking help from a trusted medical professional. And if you aren't sure where to start, just head on in to The Joint Chiropractic! Your local chiropractors will get you back on the path to allergy-free days with precise adjustments and helpful advice!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hoboken, N.J.

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