Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013

Tips to Help with Fall Allergies

The symptoms in the fall are the same as in the spring: Sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, coughing and itchy or watery eyes are some of the tell-tale signs of fall allergies. Many people are allergic to molds, which are at an all-time high in the autumn air we breathe. Molds and fungi proliferate on decaying plant matter in yards and outdoor spaces such as fields, forests and farmland. Pollen from the common allergen ragweed also peaks at the end of summer and into early fall.

Additionally, indoor allergens tend to get worse as we close up our homes to prepare for colder winter months. Dust mites, indoor molds, pet dander and cockroaches can trigger indoor allergies. So can chemicals and irritants like cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays, perfumes, room deodorizers, cleaning products and off-gassing from building materials, flooring and furniture.

What to do? This time of year you are wise to take steps to reduce exposure to common causes of troublesome fall allergies.

  • Don’t rake leaves or mow the lawn since these activities tend to stir up molds. And have someone else remove moldy leaves and damp firewood from your yard. Wear gloves and a dust mask if you cannot avoid doing it yourself .
  • Stay indoors when ragweed pollen levels are high.
  • Vacuum and dust frequently.
  • Use a HEPA air purifier and a vacuum withy a HEPA filter.
  • Eliminate sprays and chemicals that can trigger your allergy symptoms.

My new book has compiled many other tips for sufferers of allergies. The symptoms and treatment are similar whether it’s autumn or any other time of the year.

For more information: Allergy Guide: Alternative & Conventional Solutions, www.drsmoots.com/books

This post is written by Elizabeth S. Smoots, MD. Dr. Smoots’ blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Before adhering to any recommendations in this blog consult your healthcare provider. ©2012 Elizabeth S. Smoots, MD, LLC.
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