At Sullivan Training, we have many people who come in that are experiencing fall allergies. Ragweed that blooms throughout the autumn months coupled with the falling leaves that become moldy after hitting the ground leave many allergy sufferers experiencing symptoms of allergies.
Approximately 10 to 20 percent of those in the United States suffer from fall allergies. Symptoms can include a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, coughing and an itchy throat. Farmington personal trainers recommend these four tips for beating fall allergies and enjoying the cool autumn months.
1. Stay Indoors When Pollen Counts are High
Ragweed’s pollen is released during the late summer and early autumn months. Studies have shown that pollen counts are highest in the morning. We are very pro-exercise at Sullivan Training. Those who enjoy exercising outdoors should move their workouts to evening hours to avoid high pollen counts. Following your local news can alert you to when pollen counts are especially high and can indicate that you need to stay indoors. Pets who spend time outdoors should be bathed regularly to avoid bringing the pollen indoors.
2. Clean Effectively
A high-quality vacuum should be used daily to remove pollen and dust that may come into the house. Brooms, however, are not as effective at removing allergens; damp mops and damp dust cloths should be used instead. Linens should be washed one to two times per week to remove animal dander, pollen and other allergens.
3. Run Your Air Conditioner as Long as Possible
Keeping windows and doors shut and running the air conditioner for as long as possible will help to keep pollen out of your home. A good HEPA filter on the unit will help to cleanse the air and remove allergens that come into the home.
4. Avoid Indoor and Outdoor Mold
Fallen leaves, compost heaps and rotting logs can all contain a large amount of mold. Removing dead vegetation promptly and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves will help reduce the mold in your yard. If you are outdoors doing yard work, be sure to wear a mask to avoid breathing in the mold. Check for indoor mold under sinks and around appliances. If leaks are found, repairs should be made and the mold should be removed.
These tips will help you to enjoy your fall season and stay free from the symptoms of allergies.