Fall isn’t quite here, but allergy seasons don’t exactly follow the calendars. Beginning in late summer in North Dakota and Minnesota, those with mold and ragweed allergies can start to react to the increasing pollen counts. You might not be feeling your allergies yet, however, before allergy season goes into full swing you’ll want to start preparing. Now is a good time to start thinking about how you’ll conquer your allergies this year!
Knowing your triggers is key to reducing symptoms. During the fall, weed pollen counts are highest in the mornings between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so avoid spending long periods of time outside during these hours.
Beware pollen following you indoors: Pollen sticks to your hair, skin, and clothes, and that may be a hidden source of pollen you may not be aware of. If you’re outdoors, consider changing clothes or even showering as soon as you come inside.
To avoid outdoor mold allergens, leave doors and windows closed, check mold counts before venturing out and remain inside (with the air conditioner on) when counts are high. Whenever possible, leave the leaf raking and gutter cleaning to someone else. Keep your indoor surfaces spotless: regularly clean warm, damp places that mold loves. Also, you can use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels low!
Over the counter medications like antihistamines, decongestants and nasal steroids are one way to cover up your symptoms. However. for ultimate allergy relief, you should seek your health care provider for testing and treatment options.
If you know you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer, consult your healthcare provider before symptoms arise. There is no cure for allergies, but allergy shots and immunotherapy can treat the underlying cause. At Catalyst, we determine what you are allergic to by giving you allergy testing. From there we can create a specific vaccine and give appropriate shots or therapy to help you conquer your allergies, not just cover them up.