Seasonal allergies not only affect you in the months of May and June, they can occur in the autumn as well. Many people experience itchy throat, runny nose, red and teary eyes, sneezing and sniffles when the leaves fall and the air is relatively cold. Let us take a look at a few strategies that can help prevent autumn allergies.
Stay away from pollen
Do you know that a single ragweed plant can secrete up to one billion pollen grains per season. Nearly 75 percent of people suffering from allergies are affected by ragweed pollen. Monitor local pollen count though TV, websites or local newspaper. If the pollen count is high, stay indoors. If you want to go outdoors, wear a protective face mask.
Get rid of mold and dust mites
Mold is a fungus that can grow anywhere in your house. They usually thrive in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchen and basements. So, clean your bathrooms and kitchen regularly. Use a dehumidifier, especially in the basement. More importantly, wash your clothes, bed sheets, pillow covers and other stuffs regularly to get rid of dust mites.
Clean up your pets
Pet dander is one of the potential triggering factors of allergies. It is a dead skin that your pet sheds in your house, which can make your nose feel sore. Stay away from furry pets, especially dogs and cats. Wash your pets and groom them regularly. But make sure you wear a protective mask while doing so. Keep them away from furniture.
Many people feel better by using OTC medicines. They come in the form of tablets, lozenges, nasal sprays or eye drops. They should be used when you experience allergy symptoms. Antihistamines work well in treating hay fever. Nasal decongestants help reduce the secretion of mucus and clear the nostril for easy breathing.
If you suspect pollen exposure, irrigate your nasal passages with normal saline by using a neti pot. You can apply Haymax Hayfever Aloe Vera Balm to your nose to trap the pollen from entering the nasal passages, thereby preventing allergic symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion. In addition, you can find ways to enhance your immune system, such as eating healthy and performing exercises.
Prepare yourself against seasonal allergies with the abovementioned tips. They will help you manage perennial allergies throughout the year. To get more information on prevention of allergies, visit your GP.