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Start planning now to alleviate the symptoms of fall allergies

Like most seasonal allergies, the symptoms of fall allergies include sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes. These symptoms can interfere with your daily activities, impairing your ability to perform at work or school. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common reasons for fall seasonal allergy symptoms


Here are 10 easy tips you can follow to help alleviate the symptoms of those nasty fall allergies.


1. Wear a mask when doing yard work & gardening

It would be wise to wear a mask when you are doing spring-time yard work or gardening, especially when you are mowing the lawn. Remember, pollen counts are greatest from 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so its best to do yard work or gardening after this time or in the evening.


2. Wash clothes after being outside

This will help prevent the pollen from outside from coming in contact with our furniture and bedding.  If you have been outside for a lot of the day, it might be an idea to take a shower before going to bed to keep any pollen from your hair from depositing itself on your pillow.


3. Leave outdoor footwear at the door

When you come in from the outside, taking your shoes off at the door will lessen the amount of pollen you bring into the house.


4. Use the ''recirculate" option in the car

Keep windows and sunroofs closed. Especially on high-pollen days, recirculate the air in your car instead of using the vent, which may let in pollen. Use the air conditioner and adjust the temperature to your comfort.


5.  Use pre-packaged saline sprays

This involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution to flush out allergens (like pollen) and loosens mucus.


6.  Tea

Hold your face over a hot cup of tea open your nasal passages. The steam isn't the only thing that's beneficial. For instance, the menthol in peppermint tea seems to work as a decongestant and expectorant, which breaks up mucus and helps clear it out of your nose and throat.


7.  Humidifier

Use a humidifier to keep the air in your home between 35 and 50 percent humidity.


8.  Clean heating vents and change furnace filters

Before you turn on your heat for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter. Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the furnace.


9.  Close windows/doors

Although it is refreshing to have windows open, they let in pollen.  On high-pollen days, close windows and doors to help prevent pollen from entering your home.


10.  Vaseline

Put a bit of Vaseline around the inside edges of your nostrils.  It helps stop pollen from getting through.

© 2016 by Two Ravens Communications Inc.



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