For a large number of people, fall doesn’t just mean crisp nights, beautiful colors and pumpkin season — it means another allergy season! With up to 30% of Americans suffering from hay fever or allergic rhinitis, fall is often full of sneezing, itchy eyes and trips to the doctor. With prevention and planning, though, you can spend fall enjoying festivals and hay rides instead of suffering with hay fever.
Speaking of hay rides, did you know that most hay fever is caused by ragweed — not hay! — and there are 17 different kinds in the U.S. alone? According to scientists, a single ragweed plant can be the source of one billion grains of pollen, catching a ride on pleasant breezes and landing on your hair, clothes and body while you’re enjoying the outdoors.
To keep yourself sneeze-free and out of the doctor’s office, here are some ways to stay healthy even in the midst of a severe fall allergy season.
Being outdoors means you are bringing allergens indoors during allergy season. With all that pollen blowing around, here are a few ways to keep your home allergy free:
- Clothing is a magnet for pollen. Wear sunglasses to keep airborne pollen away from your eyes, and wear a hat to keep pollen off your hair.
- Shower before going to bed and change into fresh clothing, so you don’t bring the pollen that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes onto your sheets. Shampoo, soap and a gentle face cleansing are best to get rid of anything you may have brought inside.
- Wash your sheets often.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and use a portable HEPA filter in your home.
No one likes going to the doctor — well, we do, of course — but we want you to feel your best! Sometimes that means coming in for a visit. Here are some things your local Doctors Express urgent care can help you with.
- Allergy testing: Allergy tests can help determine what your allergy triggers are, which will help you steer clear of problematic plants and situations.
- Allergy medication: If you’re unsure what will work best in terms of nasal sprays or oral antihistamines, we can help point you in the right direction.
- Allergy shots: While temporarily unpleasant, injections can help with relief of allergy symptoms, particularly when they get severe.
Don’t let the fall season pass you by in a blur of sneezing! With a little vigilance, your allergies won’t keep you on the sidelines.
What are you doing to prepare for allergy season? Share your best tips with us!