Seasonal allergies are most commonly associated with springtime – flowers are blooming, fresh grass is growing and pollen is flying through the air. So why are you feeling stuffed up at the beginning of fall? Continuing warm weather, ragweed, mold and mildew, dust mites, pet dander and lingering pollen are likely to blame around this time of year, according to Healthline.
It’s common to experience coughing, nasal drip, itchy eyes and throat and asthma during autumn, but that doesn’t mean you have to deal with such symptoms. Consider the following tips for curbing your allergies this season:
1. Invest in a dehumidifier
Frederick M. Schaffer, MD, clinical associate professor of allergy and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, told Everyday Health to use a dehumidifier to alleviate symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. This tool will reduce humidity in the air where dust mites and mold thrive.
2. Wash your skin and hair often
Pollen is attracted to hair and skin, and will likely follow you inside after you’ve spent time outdoors. Consider washing your hair, hands and face when you get back into the house to reduce allergy symptoms.
3. Be mindful of pollen levels
Just like you check the forecast every morning before leaving the house, consider looking at pollen levels in your area. Stay indoors when locations near you are labeled “high-pollen zones” to eliminate potential allergy flare ups.
4. Dry clothing indoors
During an Indian summer, you may be inclined to hang your clothing out on the line to dry in the fresh air. Unfortunately, pollen could stick to the fabric and cause an allergic reaction when you bring clothing and sheets inside. Play it safe and use your tumbling dryer.
How the Longevity Centres can help with allergy symptoms
Sometimes, even the tips listed previously can’t help those dealing with chronic seasonal allergies. An alternative method, however, may alleviate the harsh symptoms. Sublingual Immunotherapy, also referred to as SLIT, is a convenient and less invasive treatment than traditional vaccines and allergy shots. Patients administer small amounts of allergenic substances via an oral drop to reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and allergic conjunctivitis.
For more information on SLIT, don’t hesitate to reach out to a representative from the Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston today. We look forward to helping you alleviate discomfort during a mild fall.