Ragweed. If you cringe when you hear this word, you’re probably suffering from allergy, and the time from mid-August to first serious temperature drops is not very pleasant for you. Rain helps remove pollen from the air, but if you’re not lucky, the period from early morning hours to around midday, when pollen emission peaks, is the hardest. Below, we list five simple ways to alleviate your suffering.
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#1. Come prepared. If the right kind of medication is already in your body at the start of the allergy season, your body will be able to fight it off better. So turn to RX nasal corticosteroid sprays. Those can bring relief when you are feeling miserable. Sprays don’t let your body release chemicals that react to ragweed and are effective at reducing inflammation.
#2. Take a shower before bed. This will make you less exposed to allergen as you’re sleeping. Also, jump in the shower or run that bath after you’ve worked or exercised outside. Try doing this, and see if you start waking up less teary-eyed and red-nosed.
#3. Watch your diet. They key, here, is to avoid specific foods. How does it work? Some people who suffer from ragweed allergy have a “tingling mouth” reaction to zucchini, melons, cucumbers and/or bananas. This is known as “oral allergy” syndrome. So try to steer clear of such foods, or cook them, since this could alleviate symptoms for you.
#4. Watch those fallen leaves on your lawn. Leaves, especially damp leaves, are perfect environment for mold growth and spreading. So make sure you rake leaves from your lawn. Don’t forget to wear a mask. Oh, and take a shower after outdoor works, too.
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#5. Don’t get exposed to pollen. As we’ve mentioned above, the ragweed season lasts from August until minus temperature sets in, peaking in September. So within that period, you’ll have to limit your exposure to the allergen. Sites like pollen.com will help you see how intense the pollen attacks are, so you can adjust your schedule and don’t spend too much time outside when the count is high.
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