In the late fall, ragweed is the most common problem. Ragweed produces pollen from August to November, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Mold and fungus are also airborne during the summer and fall months. Thankfully, hay fever declines when heavy frost and cold weather occurs.
Here are some suggestions to limit your seasonal allergy symptoms:
Avoid exposure to allergens
Avoiding allergens, if possible, is the best “treatment” for any allergy. Keep doors and windows in your home closed and avoid outside activity when the pollen count is high.
Check pollen levels
If pollen levels are high in your area, it’s wise to limit your outdoor activity. Typically, pollen levels are high in the morning. You can check pollen counts here.
Wash pollen off your skin and your hair as soon as possible after spending time outside. You should also change your shoes and clothes inside the front doorway to reduce the amount of allergens you may be bringing into your home.
See a doctor
Over-the counter medicines, such as antihistamines, can relieve many allergy symptoms. Other treatment options include nasal decongestants, nasal sprays and eye drops. In severe cases, an allergist may recommend allergy shots.