The fall leaves may be pretty, but they sure can bring on the sneezes. Find relief with these quick tips:
- Avoid eating bananas, melons, zucchini, cucumber, and chamomile tea. These have all been shown to trigger or worsen ragweed allergies—the #1 culprit of fall allergies.
- Honey, however, is great for allergy sufferers. Consuming 1-3 teaspoons of local honey can help build your immunity to the pollens in your area.
- Allergens can stick to your clothes, so change them and remove your shoes as soon as you get home. Similarly, shower at night to wash out the day’s pollens from your hair before you sleep.
- Ragweed and other pollen counts are often at their peak between 5:00am and 10:00am. If you can, avoid spending much time outdoors during this period.
- Wear a mask while raking leaves to avoid inhaling mold spores.
- HEPA filters are your friends! Use them in your vacuum cleaner and your home’s HVAC system—they can be real sinus savers.
- Be sure to clean your heating vents and change the filters before turning on your heat for the season.