Severe allergies can be the worst. They can keep you from doing many of the things you’d normally do – not to mention that autumn is a busy season for every person in the household. Especially you.
You don’t have time to be bogged down by allergies, so take these five steps to reduce your sniffling. And don’t forget to pick up Puffs SoftPacks they’re the perfect size for on-the-go moms!
1. Get Tested for What's Ailing You
It’s easy to mistake allergies for a cold – and vice versa – when the weather gets colder. A basic rule: If your muscles aren't aching, it's probably just allergies.
That being said, you still need to pinpoint what’s causing your allergic reaction. Once you know the cause, you can take the right steps to significantly reduce your allergies in the future instead of relying on over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Your doctor can perform a very simple skin test to determine what allergens affect you most.
2. Avoid Certain Fruits and Vegetables
One of the most common causes of fall allergies is ragweed pollen (and the reaction known as hay fever). If you are allergic to ragweed, there are certain fruits and vegetables that, if eaten regularly, could mimic the effects of hay fever and could even make you more allergic on days with high pollen counts.
Hay fever sufferers: watch out for bananas, melons, cucumbers, zucchinis and sunflower seeds.
3. Spend the Morning Indoors
As the temperatures level out, it might be tempting to enjoy the fall mornings outdoors. Unfortunately, this is when pollen counts are at their peak.
In fact, there is more pollen in the air between 10 a.m. and noon than at any other time of the day. So if you're planning on doing yard work or exercising outside, try to do it in the late afternoon or early evening.
Tip: To avoid allergies indoors, grab a Swiffer 360 Duster to tackle those dusty surfaces at least once a week. It has fluffy fibres with Dust Lock Adhesive™ that trap and lock 3x more dust and allergens* than a feather duster.
4. Shower Before Going to Bed
Most people like to wake up with a shower. However, if you and your kids have been outside for more than an hour that day, consider doing shower/bath time before you all go to sleep, as hair and skin are natural allergen attractors.
Going to bed without washing off the gathered pollen, dust, mold and dander could have everyone waking up with a sneeze instead of a stretch.
5. Be Diligent about Cleaning
If you’re dealing with allergies, fall is not the time to go an extra week before washing your sheets or dusting – as tempting as it always is.
Change your sheets weekly (even though we know it’s a pain to fold those fitted sheets), and spray Febreze Fabric Refresher Allergen Reducer on hard-to-wash, allergen-prone fabrics throughout your home, such as the dog bed, carpets, furniture, upholstery, bedding, toys, gym bags, and much more. It reduces up to 95% of inanimate allergens that become airborne from fabrics, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mite matter.**
*inanimate allergens from pet dander and dust mite matter
**refers to inanimate allergens from pet dander and dust mite matter that can become airborne from soft surfaces