Nothing says down like cuddly sweaters, warm cups of tea and for some people a running, itchy nose. Or swollen, watery eyes. Or other allergic symptoms . Unfortunately, the beloved season full of activities (apple harvest!) And even larger drinks (cider!) Can do all the damage to some people with seasonal allergies.
Allergies occur when your immune system responds to normally harmless substances when it comes to dangerous intruders, according to the Mayo Clinic . Your immune system releases the chemical histamine that causes allergy symptoms, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (1
The good news is that there are countless ways to deal with all-roaring allergies. Some tips apply regardless of your allergy, others are quite specific to certain allergens. In any case, the list of peer-reviewed lists below is a great way to get your allergy under control.
. 1 Know which allergens are most common in the fall.
One of the main leaders in the fall is Ragweed a plant that produces a large amount of pollen in the fall, Alice Hoyt, an allergic allergy and the Department of Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic, announces SELF.
Mold fungi are another large area, as they accumulate in foliage, especially in the fall, explains Dr. med. Hoyt. When you rake (or hammer) leaves, mold spores can be released into the air and cause allergy symptoms.
Then there are dust mites. Like Dr. Hoyt explains, these microscopic, "unpleasant little creatures" like to live in everything that is cushioned in your home and feed on your dead dander (yummy). They can be irritating all year round, but when the weather cools down, you'll probably spend more time indoors increasing your exposure, says William Reisacher, Alzheimer's allergist at New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medicine, to SELF. Dry Winter Air also means that people often turn on their humidifiers Hoyt added. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments.
. 2 Make sure your symptoms are actually due to allergies.
"Many people may have symptoms in the fall and [they’re] have nothing to do with allergies," says Dr. Reisacher. For example, high levels of mold spores can cause irritation even if you are not allergic.
If this helps, itching is an important indication that you are actually allergic to something, Dr. Hoyt that is in your eyes, nose or skin. This is because the histamine that your body pumps out with an allergen causes an itching sensation.
However, you do not know that you have an allergy unless you do allergy testing, Dr. Reisacher. There are several ways to do this, such as a "sting test" where small amounts of common allergens are placed just below the surface of the skin to see if they cause a reaction, blood draw, etc.
It may be pointless to grind yourself to an allergist to confirm something that you believe you already know, but if you can, you should, Dr. Hoyt. To find out what causes your allergies, you can better protect yourself. Find everything you need to know about allergy testing to prepare for it.
. 3 Check the number of pollen and molds before going outside.
There are tools that help you keep track of how many of these allergens are buzzing around and just waiting to ruin your day. For example, if you are searching for your location in Accuweathert's database click the small "Allergies" icon in the upper-right corner of the page. There you will receive a specific report on the number of pollen and molds your area.
. 4 Also wear protective accessories such as a hat and sunglasses.
If a ton of pollen and mold spores flow through the air, they may coat your hair, Dr. Hoyt. Hence the hat.
The same goes for eyeglasses: wearing glasses or sunglasses can prevent allergens in the air from affecting the eyeballs so much. Make sure you wash the glasses regularly, Dr. Hoyt.
. 5 Use a face mask when raking (or playing) the leaves.
No, no skin-care face mask, although that would be interesting. Instead, Dr. Hoyt that you wear a N95 mask when you are raking leaves (or doing other gardening work). These masks prevent tiny mold particles and other allergens from entering your respiratory tract as you break. Try to find them at your hardware store or online.
. 6 Keep the doors and windows closed when your allergens are abundant, and also use filtration systems.
Closing doors and windows, unless absolutely necessary, is Allergy 101, and it is good if you try to filter the air of your home. "Even a basic air filter filters out the large pollen particles," says Dr. Reisacher. Of course, the autumn weather is too cool for an air conditioner. In this case, look at High Efficiency Particle Air (HEPA) filters, especially for your bedroom, he says. These are designed to filter out really small airborne particles and allergens.
. 7 If possible, wait until 10 o'clock. go outside.
Although this varies, pollen counts are highest between 5 and 10 am, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences . Of course, for some activities – such as work – you have to leave home early in the morning. But if you can decide when to look for errands, it may be your best option to wait until at least the afternoon. Reisacher.
. 8 Take your clothes out of the house when you get home.
Being outside is like Las Vegas: what happens there does not stay there, so pollens, mold spores, or other allergens can stimulate clothing your home. If you are at home, try to wear clothes that you have designated as exclusively for indoor use, says dr. Reisacher.
. 9 Clean your home at least once a week.
Good news for the extremely neat Among us: Cleaning your home at least once a week is a great way to eliminate allergens like pollen, dust mites and mold spores from the AAAAI .
In an ideal world, this would be a complete clean-up that involves every room in your home, the organization explains. Can not swing that? Relatable At least focus on your bedroom and other rooms where you can relax the most because dust mites like to dig things like your bed, upholstered sofas and other places to relax. Here are some useful tips for cleaning in case of allergies.
10th Take a shower (and maybe wash your hair) before going to bed.
Attracting with allergens does not lead to restful sleep So you should consider going to bed, Dr. Hoyt. Washing your hair may also be a good idea, depending on how strong your allergies are and how this can affect your hair care (which we all know can be a delicate, magical balancing act).
. 11 Use allergy-resistant covers for your bedding and wash your sheets at least once a week.
Allergy resistant covers for items such as mattress, duvet, and pillows can effectively protect against allergens such as dust mites, Taha Al-Shaikhly, MD, an allergy and immunology Fellow at UW Medicine, reports SELF. The covers are widely used, so how do you pick the best ones for you.
The use of these covers does not mean that you can skip the laundry day. At least once a week you should wash your sheets, pillows and blankets in hot water, says the AAAI . Do not hang them up to dry where they can collect allergens!
12th Get a dehumidifier for your bedroom.
If you have a dust mite allergy, humidifiers are not your friend. In order not to create the perfect environment for these little mites, experts recommend keeping the humidity in your home below 50 percent . Al-Shaikhly. Consider a dehumidifier for key areas such as your bedroom. If your dehumidifier does not measure and display the humidity in your home, you can buy a device called a hygrometer.
. 13 Keep medicines ready for your allergies (and asthma, if necessary) if any of these preventive measures are not effective.
No matter how well you prepare for a fall allergy, the symptoms can still ruin the party. It is wise to have your medication with you at all times, just in case. These may be nasal sprays to reduce congestion oral antihistamines to combat this frustrating chemical reaction or a inhaler for rapid relief if certain allergens cause asthma attacks. The best defense here is really a good offense.