Sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes are the most common seasonal allergy symptoms. For many, they finally get some relief after springtime, only to roll into more allergies again in the fall. That cool, crisp breeze of fall is great at blowing around allergens like ragweed. Let’s look at how you can prepare for autumn seasonal allergies so that you can enjoy all the beauty that fall has to offer.
Use a Nasal Rinse
Using a nasal rinse, like a neti pot (aff link), clears out any gunk from the nasal cavity to give some relief during allergy season. Besides relief, nasal irrigation may remove excess dust particles, pollen, and other allergens that have settled into the sinuses.
Wear a Mask
Consider a protective face mask (aff link) when doing yard work in the fall. They are a great way to avoid breathing in the stuff floating around in the air. An N95 respirator is your best bet, but even a surgical mask is better than nothing.
Remove Allergens From Your Home
Allergens aren’t only outside; they’re also making a home in your house. The more allergens you remove, the better off you’ll be. The best way to do this is with an air purifier.
Air purifiers help relieve seasonal allergies by removing particles in the air. Dust and other microscopic debris and germs float around, invisible to us, and trigger allergies. When you use an air purifier, especially one with a HEPA filter, you remove 99 percent of those annoying particles.
Also, as lovely as the fresh fall air is, keep the house closed up during allergy season. You’ll get enough allergens in your home from the brief moments that the door opens.
Mold is more common than many of us realize, and it’s a fall seasonal allergy trigger. You might enjoy raking leaves into a giant pile, but there’s sometimes mold on the leaves that you can’t see. Once you stir it up, you’re breathing it in. Have someone else do the yard work or wear a protective mask.
After Halloween or Thanksgiving, ditch the pumpkins on the porch before they mold as well.
Use these tips to prepare for autumn allergy season so that you can enjoy watching the leaves fall and keep sneezing and coughing to a minimum.