Fall allergy season may threaten to derail your favorite outdoor plans, but many options are available to help minimize telltale symptoms, including runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and watery eyes. Mold and ragweed are two of the most common allergens during the fall. According to the National Institutes of Health, ragweed season occurs during the months between August and November, affecting individuals throughout the country. Other weeds, such as amaranth, cockleweed, sagebrush and tumbleweed, may also make heading outside unpleasant.
A few key habits can help minimize your exposure to autumn allergens, including:
- Close the windows to help keep allergens out of the home.
- Rinse pollen off your skin by taking a shower at the end of the day.
- Wash clothes after spending a day outside, even if they don’t seem dirty. They may be dusted with allergens.
- Wear a pollen mask when working in the yard.