On Tuesday we wrote about the signs and symptoms of late summer and fall allergies. Because ragweed pollen is so bad this year, many people that have never felt the effects of fall allergies before may be facing symptoms. But the good news is you don’t have to just grin and bear it. Treating Late Summer and Fall Allergies Because ragweed allergens are so plentiful, avoiding them is often very difficult. One of the best ways to combat fall allergy symptoms is to use over-the-counter allergy medication until the day of the first frost. If your symptoms are extremely severe, you may want to consider visiting an allergist. Despite fall allergens being unavoidable outdoors, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent them from taking over your home. Steps include:
- Running your air conditioner - The days are beginning to get cooler and it may be tempting to leave doors and windows open. But this is a surefire way to let allergens into your home. Keep door and windows closed and run your air conditioner to filter out allergens as long as possible into the fall months.
- Protecting Your Bed - Because you spend so much time in your bed, you want to make sure you aren’t vulnerable to allergens. To do this, you will want to use allergy protection bedding products such as mattress encasements and pillow protectors to protect your entire bed from fall allergens that could sink into the fiber of your bed and bedding.
- Keep Morning Outdoor Time to A Minimum - Just like other pollen, ragweed pollen and other fall allergens are most plentiful in the morning. You’ll want to avoid spending any length of time outdoors at this time. That means no early morning fall runs!
- Vacuuming Weekly - Weekly vacuuming will help keep any allergens that do make their way into your home at bay. Be sure to use a high quality vacuum, as ones that are cheaply made may only spread allergens around rather than cleaning them up.
We hope this special set of blogs have helped you learn more about fall allergies and how they can be combatted. Now go get a warm pumpkin flavored drink and enjoy this beautiful season, free of sniffling and sneezing!