If you think allergies only hit during springtime, you may be attributing your colder-weather induced stuffy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes to colds. But if that “cold” just doesn’t seem to be going away, it could actually be Fall allergies! Most fall allergies are born from ragweed, which is a common cause of hay fever, that grows in late August into the fall, and mold, which is basically present all-year round. What’s more, the warm weather that so often extends into Fall can make your Summer-specific allergies last even longer.
And once Fall finally is in the air, allergy triggers like raking leaves could be all you need for your Fall allergies to really flare up.
Here’s what you need to know about Fall allergies, so you can breathe easy all season long.
You May Need to Use Your A/C During the Fall
There’s nothing better than opening up your windows after a sticky, hot Summer, but if you’re prone to Fall allergies, you may want to keep them shut. That’s because opening your windows lets outdoor air — that’s filled with pollen — in, and that can cause hay fever and all its sniffly symptoms. Using the air conditioning during the period of Fall where it’s still relatively warm outside can help reduce indoor pollen counts by up to 90 percent.
A Consistent Cleaning Schedule Is a Huge Help
Keeping your windows closed will help keep outdoor pollen out, but you still have to deal with indoor allergens that can be problematic for Fall allergies. Between pet dander and pollen that gets carried inside on your clothes, make it a point to vacuum carpets at least once a week, and keep your pets off furniture you use whenever possible. It may also be a good idea to invest in an air filter.
There Are Over The Counter Ways to Ease Your Fall Allergy Symptoms
While medication can often help ease allergies (and if they really bother you, talking with your doctor about your options is a good idea), there are natural ways to find a little relief! Adding nasal irrigation via a saline solution to your daily routine, is a safe and effective way to help remove allergens from your nasal passages. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, you can buy a commercial saline solution, or make your own with a pickling or canning salt that contains no iodide, baking soda, and eight ounces of lukewarm boiled water.
Doing a nasal rinse just once a day can help fight back against Fall allergy symptoms. Breathe Right Nasal Strips can also help — especially when you’re trying to get that precious shut-eye! Our nasal strips open your nose to relieve snoring and nighttime nasal congestion due to colds and allergies. Breathe better, sleep better, and feel better with drug-free Breathe Right Nasal Strips.