What are some fall allergies

The best strategy is to avoid raking leaves or mowing the lawn until the drop allergy season is over. But if you’re the family member responsible for yard work, take precautions love wearing goggles and a face mask, suggests Dr. Schussler.

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Keep pollen exterior, where it belongs.

You can’t avoid pollen when you’re walking around exterior, but you can do your best to make certain it doesn’t hitch a ride home with you.

Wear a cap when outdoors to hold pollen from attaching itself to your hair, and remove cap and shoes when you come inside.

What are some drop allergies

(Also, go ahead and be that person who asks every houseguests to remove their shoes.)

Change immediately into indoor clothes, and rinse off before bed so you don’t trail pollen onto your pillow and sheets. Keeping windows closed and running an air conditioner with a HEPA filter can also assist, suggests Dr. Schussler.

Keep track of pollen counts.

If you know exactly which allergens you react to (a visit to your allergist can narrow it down), you can hold track of when that pollen is at its highest levels, and plan your outdoor activities accordingly.

What are some drop allergies

Download a free app such as Pollen.com’s Allergy Alert, which will give the forecast for specific pollens in your city.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pollen counts are highest correct after dawn in rural areas; in urban environments, prime sniffle time is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

What are some drop allergies

Since rain and freezing weather slow below the release of pollen, your best bet for an outdoor adventure is generally just after a rainfall.

Look into long-term relief.

If you’ve made your home an allergen-free sanctuary, avoided jumping in leaf piles, and fully stocked your medicine cabinet yet still feel miserable each drop, talk to your allergist about trying a long-term treatment via allergy shots. With this form of immunotherapy, your body gets acclimated to the allergen that’s tormenting you through a series of shots that increase in dosage. The build-up stage can take three to six months and involves weekly or even twice-weekly shots in the doctor’s office.

Once you’ve reached the appropriate dose, you’ll need shots only once or twice a month.

A newer form of treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, replaces shots with tablets that dissolve under the tongue. The grand news is that you can take these tablets in your own home, and research shows that they may work as well as allergy shots. So far, health authorities own only approved tablets for just a few specific allergens, but if drop ragweed is your mortal enemy, you’re in luck – there’s a tablet for that.

Marisa CohenMarisa Cohen is a Contributing Editor in the Hearst Health Newsroom, who has covered health, nutrition, parenting, and the arts for dozens of magazines and web sites over the past two decades.

There’s no contesting that allergy season is annoying AF.

You’re supposed to *finally* be running exterior again or picnicking in the park, but instead, you’re stuck inside trying (key word) to breathe through snot and see through watery, itchy eyes.

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And if it feels love your allergies own gotten worse the final few years, you’re not incorrect. After a consistent increase in the intensity and length of allergy season over the final several years (you can blame climate change), allergy season 2020 will likely be worse than usual or potentially the most intense and longest yet if the trend continues. Whomp, whomp.

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Allergy symptoms—those watery eyes and stuffy nose, along with sneezing fits, coughing, wheezing, and hive- or eczema-like rashes—happen when your immune system essentially freaks out over an otherwise harmless substance (like pollen). Delightful, huh?

But even if the above symptoms sound every too familiar, there is excellent news: You can fight back against allergies—and the sooner you get started the better. That means knowing when exactly allergy season will start this year, and how to prep your body for any allergen invaders.

Start taking medications before the season starts.

Talk to your allergist about the best OTC or prescription medications to treat your symptoms early on. These can include antihistamines (which come in pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops), steroid nasal sprays, mast cell inhibitors, and leukotriene modifiers.

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Simple saline sprays or drops can literally wash the pollen out of your nostrils and eyes.

It’s best to start taking antihistamines a few days before the season starts, says Dr. Schussler. That way, you may not start producing histamines (the chemicals in your body that cause every the itchiness and dripping) at every. Depending on where you live, this preparation could start as early as the beginning of August.

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Dry up any dampness in the house.

Mold grows where it’s moist, so be certain to regularly wash and dry bath mats and towels.

What are some drop allergies

If you must use a humidifier in your home, clean it out at least twice a week so mold doesn’t grow in the water tank.