Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by MinuteClinic.
I know I’m not alone in looking forward to the changes fall brings: cooler weather, gorgeous colors as the leaves change and – a personal favorite – football. Unfortunately, as the seasons change, it also brings another round of allergies for millions of sufferers. My mom is one of these unfortunate folks; she dreads the return of ragweed.
Unfortunately, according to MinuteClinic, ragweed is getting stronger and growing longer across the United States. In fact, it is estimated that a single ragweed plant can release 1 billion pollen grains during the fall season. With 17 different species of ragweed in the United States, that triggers A LOT of itchy eyes and sneezing. Ragweed allergy season seems to begin in early August and continue through mid-October.
So how can you protect yourself from the symptoms of fall allergies to ragweed and other pollen? MinuteClinic recommends the following tips:
- In the early fall, keep your windows closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to reduce your exposure to allergens like ragweed. I know we all love to throw open the windows so the cool breezes can flow through, but the sacrifice will be worth it.
- Clean and change air filters every three months to reduce the amount of dirt, debris and allergens that you come in contact with everyday.
- Avoid window fans because they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.
- Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms. If you’re bringing out those fall quilts, wash them before placing them on your beds to eliminate dust mites.
In addition to these prevention tips, most allergy sufferers also can find relief with treatments such as nasal saline, decongestants, and over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines. For additional options, talk with the nurse practitioners and physicians assistants at your local MinuteClinic.
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer so don’t let fall allergies hold you back. By taking steps to avoid allergens or seeking out treatment remedies to reduce symptoms, there’s no reason why you can’t take part and enjoy your favorite fall activities and traditions!