8 Tips to Tackle Autumn Allergies

8 Tips to Tackle Autumn Allergies

When it comes to seasonal allergies, many people immediately think about the spring. But itchy throats and sneezing fits can occur beyond April and May. When the leaves start to fall and the air cools, ragweed pollen and other allergens increase. Check out these eight tips from Dr. Mia Finkelston to help ease your symptoms so you can enjoy autumn.

 

1. Stay knowledgeable. It’s good to know what you are allergic to — is it pet dander, pollen, ragweed, or grass? Understanding this will help you identify the necessary precautions and/or treatments.  

2. Keep pollen out of your house. Try not to open your windows when pollen counts are high. Unsure of when that is? You can track pollen counts here.

3. Schedule outdoor time accordingly. Try to only go outside in the early morning or late in the day — that is when the pollen count is usually at its lowest. 

4. Wear a surgical mask. This can be especially helpful when you are doing yard work or other outdoor activities.

5. Try not to touch your face. Your eyes and nose may be itchy, but touching your face can worsen allergy symptoms and discomfort.

6. Get enough sleep. Your allergies may be wearing you down and/or interfering with your sleep. Try to get into bed earlier than you typically would. 

7. Take medication. Itchy eyes might respond to allergy eye drops, while nasal sprays can alleviate sinus pressure. Make sure to check the expiration dates before use!

8. Speak with a doctor on Amwell. If your allergies are really getting in the way of your day-to-day life, you can find support online — doctors on Amwell are available 24/7.

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