4 Ways to Prevent Fall Allergies

4 Ways to Prevent Fall Allergies

Use these tips to ward off autumn allergies and feel great all season long.


Severe allergies can be just 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 four steps to stay sniffle-free all season.

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 is that, 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 what’s causing your reaction, you can take the right steps to significantly reduce your allergies in the future instead of relying on over-the-counter and prescription medications.

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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 are 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.

4. Shower Before Going to Bed
Most people like to wake up with a shower. However, if you've been outside for more than an hour that day, consider showering before you go to sleep, as your hair and skin are natural allergen attractors.

Going to bed without washing off the gathered pollen, dust, mould and dander could have you waking up with a sneeze instead of a stretch.

How do you treat allergies and sinus problems? If you have any remedies that work for you, log in or sign up for P&G everyday and let us know in the comments section below!

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