How to Fight those Fall Allergies

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  • 28 October 2013
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    How to Fight those Fall Allergies

    Fall can be a good and bad time for a lot of people. It’s a great time to enjoy the leaves on the trees changing colors and falling to the ground. There is also a nice coolness in the air that is a refreshing change from the summertime heat. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of allergies in the air as well. The number one airborne allergy that people have a high sensitivity to is pollen. This is a powder that comes from plants and gets picked up by the wind outside. The wind allows it to travel right into people’s faces, particularly people’s homes. That is why it is always a good idea to keep the windows closed in your home. Even though the cool Fall air may feel good coming into your home, it may also be bringing in pollen from the outside. If you have an allergy to pollen, then you should consider using an air conditioner to cool the inside of your home instead. We all want to save money and it is more convenient leaving the windows open, but it certainly isn’t worth putting up with the unpleasantness of getting sick.

    You can protect yourself in the comfort of your home, but we all have to go outside sooner or later. This means we risk having the pollen filled wind blowing in our faces from all over. Now you could do something ridiculous, like wear a face mask, but that is obviously too embarrassing to do in public. Instead, you will want to take some over the counter medications to offer your body a chance to fight off the symptoms of your allergies.  You will want to take antihistamines, which target the histamines in your body that are responsible for the symptoms of allergies. These symptoms include runny nose, congestion and sneezing.  If you take Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec or Claritin, then these will help reduce the symptoms that you may be experiencing from allergies.

    Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies. All you can do is resort to taking preventative actions and over-the-counter treatments to help control its effects. Some people may even take allergy shots or they make their kids take allergy shots in order to prevent allergic reactions from harmful substances getting into their bodies. However, for some people these shots have been known to cause swelling around the area of the skin where the shot was given. It may even increase the symptoms of allergies instead of preventing them. Therefore, the best thing you can do is stick with the basic over the counter treatments. Since allergies are not harmful, you don’t have to worry that the symptoms are life threatening.

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