8 Ways To Deal with Fall Allergies

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By Brigitte Evans

Some people are lucky enough to enjoy all of fall’s colors and fruits, while others are condemned to fight with sneezing, itchy eyes, cramps, coughing, fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing and other allergy symptoms.

Fall allergens are just as annoying as spring allergens, and they include ragweed pollen which can travel hundreds of miles, mold which thrives in damp environments and dust mites which multiply in warm and humid places. Drinking a bunch of pills which will make you feel sleepy, lightheaded and tired isn’t the most appealing solution. Fortunately, there are natural ways to deal with fall allergies. Here are some of them:

Avoid outdoor triggers

This is easier said than done, but do your best to stay clear of pollen. Keep the windows closed when the winds are strong and shut your windows while driving. If you’re sensitive to fall allergens, you should also steer clear of yard work.


Get rid of pollen

After spending time outdoors, you should definitely rinse the pollen off your clothes, hair and skin. If you go to bed with residues of these allergens, you’ll likely have trouble sleeping and will continue to experience allergy symptoms during the night.


Minimize dust

Dust mites are tricky allergens, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of them completely. However, you can minimize the amount of dust and create a hostile environment for dust mites. First, you should get rid of the heavy drapes and wall-to-wall carpets. Next, make sure to vacuum every two days and clean dust away from all surfaces.


Clean your walls

Walls are often the last place we look when we are cleaning the house. However, they are perfect habitats for mold, which can cause a lot of health problems. The walls in your bathroom and kitchen are the most prone to mold because these rooms are very humid. The best and most natural way to clean mold off the walls is by using a mixture of water and vinegar.


Invest in an air purifier

Air purifiers can be very useful for removing various pollutants (tobacco smoke, chemicals from cleaning products, etc.) and allergens (dust mites, pollen, mold) from the air inside your house. In case you didn’t know, there are also air purifiers for various purposes if you have a specific problem. For example, an air purifier for mold from Oransi can clean the mold spores from the air, helping you breathe easily and feel better.


Steam

Most allergies lead to clogged sinuses, and this symptom can be awfully irritating. Medicaments can’t provide instant relief, but there is something that can – steaming. The simplest steaming method is pouring boiled water in a bowl, forming a tent over your head with a towel and inhaling deeply through your nose for about ten minutes.


Drink tea

Hot teas can help you in the similar way steaming does. In fact, holding your face above a hot cup of tea can temporarily open your nasal passages. Also, some teas, such as green tea, contain compounds with antioxidant properties which can inhibit allergic reactions.


Use herbs and supplements

Some herbs and supplements, such as eyebright and spirulina, are studied for allergy relief properties. One of the plants which gave the best results is butterbur, which eases the symptoms the same way over-the-counter antihistamines do. Also, bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, reduces swelling and improves breathing in a completely safe and natural way.

Seasonal allergies are no joke. Although they usually aren’t very dangerous, they do prevent you from living your life the way you normally would. Hopefully, these tips will help you deal with fall allergies more successfully and go through the season with ease!


Brigitte is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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2 thoughts on “8 Ways To Deal with Fall Allergies

  1. clutterfreelifestyle solutions says:

    Great tips, thanks! I make it a point to wear a dust mask when I cut the grass, clean the house and do my laundry and it really helps. I’m also a big fan of applying steam to my nasal passage using a wash cloth when I wake up in the morning, throughout the day, and just before going to bed, as well as blowing my nose after each application to get the dust and mucus out.

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