Easing your Seasonal Allergies

People who suffer from an assortment of allergies can have a hard way to go year-round. In the fall, weeds such as ragweed can become of an allergy sufferer’s worst enemy. In some parts of the country, the cool, rainy fall season usually increases the number of mold spores in the air.

The most common-sense idea for helping to relieve your fall allergies is to stay indoors as much as possible, especially on the days when the mold or pollen count is high.

If you, as an allergy sufferer, have to spend time outside, you should wear a handkerchief or air mask over your nose and mouth to help you from breathing in the allergens. You could also try wearing protective eyewear in order to keep the allergens in the air from irritating your eyes.

If you can stay indoors, you should close all of the windows and the doors of your home and purchase an air filtering system. This type of system effectively filters the air that you breathe throughout your home and removes much of the pollen, mold, and other allergens.

An air conditioning unit helps to clear the air too but is usually not quite as effective. No matter which system you use, remember to clean the filters frequently so the unit can work at its peak efficiency.

Another good idea is to ban tobacco smoking from your home. Tobacco smoke can irritate nasal passages that are clogged, throats that are scratchy and raw, and eyes that are red and watery already from allergens.

In order to keep the dust and dust mites down to a minimum,you should invest in a vacuum cleaner which uses the special HEPA filters. Be sure to change the bag often so the vacuum can work effectively. Or, you could purchase a vacuum that uses water instead of paper bags in order to trap dust mites, pollen, and mold spores from re-entering the air in your home.

Don’t forget to vacuum not just your carpets, but your cloth furniture, draperies, and, periodically, your bed mattress and springs. All of these fabrics are places for dust mites and other allergens to collect. Another good idea is to dust your furniture, knick-knacks, etc., with a damp cloth.

Avoid using a feather duster or other such method of dusting that tends to just move the dust and dirt around instead of completely removing it.

To get relief from your allergy symptoms, if you don’t have a doctor’s prescription, there are many brands of over-the-counter remedies that you can choose from. Anti-histamines usually work the best, but be careful when taking them. Be sure to heed any warnings about drowsiness, etc. on the package labels.

You can also try some home remedies to help relieve your allergic symptoms. A spoonful or two of mixed honey and lemon juice is noted for soothing scratchy throats.

Gargling with a strong solution of table salt and warm water can also bring you some relief. If you enjoy a hot cup of tea, there are many varieties, such as goldenseal, which claim to have healing properties.

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