For some of us, the joys of fall and the changing of the seasons are limited by the onset of our nagging fall allergies. Trying to live months on end with a running nose, itchy eyes and constant sneezing just isn’t an option with our busy lives and work schedules. In addition to allergens like ragweed, mold can be especially prevalent in the fall, leaving us feeling sick and less productive. Here are a few tips for keeping fall allergies at bay this season.
1. Fight the invasion of pollen into your home or office by keeping the windows closed. At least that way you can keep the indoors a safe haven for your nose.
2. Have any outdoor chores planned? If you’re doing any outside yard work this time of year, wear a mask. Outdoor mold grows in places like leaf piles and gutters. Take special care to remove your work clothes and wash them right away.
3. Check out damp areas of your home and underneath any sinks. Indoor mold likes places with leaks. Take a peak around your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and basement for signs of mold and clean with a solution of bleach and water.
4. Improve the quality of the air around you. Try a HEPA filter in your home or work space, make sure this special filter is in everything from the vacuum to the air conditioner. Get a dehumidifier and always run the exhaust fan in your bathroom after a shower.
For more tips for fighting fall allergies, check out this allergy slide show.