Fall allergies got you down?

submitted by Julie Reed

Fall allergies got you down and maybe you feel like hiding out in your home.

Fall can be one of the worst times of the year for those 40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies. With the cooler weather, changing foliage, grain harvests and release of pollens, these triggers can lead even the most “seasoned” allergy suffer to just want to throw in the towel.

Allergy symptoms can vary depending on which part of the body is exposed.
Eyes and nose: Watery, itchy eyes, mucous, runny nose and sneezing
Lungs : Wheezing, asthma flare-ups
Mouth: Itching in the back of the throat, upset stomach
Skin: Hives; dry, itchy skin and eczema.
Anaphylaxis: A life-threatening allergic reaction

Tips for controlling fall allergies
1. Buy a dehumidifier for your home: This will help cut down on molds and dust.
2. Stay clean: Wash pollens off our skin and hair after spending time outside.
3. Check pollen levels: Minimize time outside when levels are high.
4. Avoid hanging clothing out to dry: Pollen will attach itself to the clothing and then be on you.
5. Take an OTC antihistamine: There are many effective OTC medications even non-drowsy and long-lasting formula’s.
6. Buy hypoallergenic filters: Use HEPA filters and change them monthly
7. Use an air conditioner at night: Resist the urge to open those windows at night.
8. See a doctor, if needed: Proper allergy testing will help identify the cause of your suffering and determine the proper treatment.

Get more information on allergies at

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