Suffering from fall allergies? The main culprit of the seasonal sniffles is ragweed. We feel its wrath during the spring and then it typically begins to release its pollen during the warm days of August, lasting all the way into October. Because it can travel for hundreds of miles in the wind, even if it doesn’t grow where you live you may still be suffering the effects. Today we’ve got some ideas for you on how to prevent and deal with your fall allergies.

Know Your Enemy!

If you do suffer from ragweed allergies, you should also minimize the following foods in your diet as they may exacerbate the symptoms: bananas, melon and zucchini. While we just sang the praises of chamomile in a recent post, those suffering from fall allergies may want to step away from the chamomile tea for a time too. Chamomile belongs to the same family of plants as ragweed. So as you might guess, it can also worsen your allergy symptoms.

Clean It Up!

One of the best things you can do to ease and prevent fall allergies is to rid your home of dust and allergens as much as possible. While we all want to save a little money and turn the air conditioner off, open windows let that pollen you are trying to avoid into your home. So keep an eye on the allergy index/pollen count and on those days, you may want to consider keeping the windows closed. Also, many people use humidifiers to help with breathing, but dehumidifiers may actually be better if you are sensitive to dust or mold as both flourish in humidity.

Don’t forget to clean up outside. Mold is another huge trigger for fall allergies and it flourishes in damp spots outdoors. Take the time to clean up those rotting leaves and your sinuses will thank you.

When you come back inside, leave those shoes at the door! Shoes track in pollen, dust and germs. Leaving them at the door and going shoeless in the house will help cut down on cleaning and protect you from illness and worsened allergies.

Wash it Away!

You know we’re all about hydration! Staying hydrated helps keep your system in top shape and will help to decrease allergy symptoms of dry throat and a runny nose. Add some re:iimmune to that water and you’re body will receive hydration support and the benefits of prebiotics and probiotics. These keep gut flora in balance which helps make your system stronger against susceptibility to allergies. Many people also find relief in flushing their sinuses with a neti pot. Showering regularly will also help keep the pollen at bay and relieve symptoms.
Tomorrow we’ll also share some other natural helpers in the battle against fall allergies, such as specific foods and essential oils. Check back in with us!