Fall is quickly approaching and with the changing of seasons comes an increase in ragweed. Ragweed plants release millions of grains of pollen making it a major culprit in seasonal allergies. Its growth peaks in mid-September so now is the time to start planning your attack against those pesky allergy symptoms.
Follow these six steps to prepare yourself for fall allergies:
Take Your Allergy Medication
Allergy medications work best when they are already in your system. So, rather than waiting for your symptoms to appear, begin taking your medication before pollen peaks. Be sure to use medication that has proven to be effective for you in the past.
Don't Let Pollen In
With the return of cooler air and the fall breeze it is tempting to open your windows wide. But, try to resist and keep the doors and windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your home or car.
Vacuum regularly using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Focus on areas where pollen may build up like the floors, furniture, and rugs. Once fall arrives, be sure to change and wash clothes and shower after spending time outdoors.
Maintain the Air Conditioning
While the warm temps are still lingering, be sure to regularly change the filters on your air conditioners and use a high efficiency grade filter.
Beware of New Exposures
Just because you’ve never suffered from an allergy in the past does not mean you are immune! If you’re recently moved or traveled and have been exposed to new allergens it is possible to develop a sensitivity.
See an Allergist
If, in years past, you’ve suffered from seasonal allergies, make an appointment with an allergist before the season arrives. Your allergist can help you to develop a plan and treatment to manage your symptoms allowing you to spend more time doing the things you enjoy rather than constantly reaching for the box of tissues!
As always, Plymouth Ear, Nose and Throat is always available to answer any questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call at 508-746-8977 or visit this link to schedule an appointment!