3 Easy Ways to Fight Fall Allergies

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10/7/2013 12:00 PM   :  3 comments   :  4,629 Views

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Ragweed, the biggest culprit of autumn allergies, starts pollinating in mid-August and ends with the first hard freeze. Read on to keep symptoms—like a runny nose and congestion—to a minimum.

1. Start meds before you sneeze

RX nasal corticosteroid sprays prevent your body from releasing chemicals that react to ragweed. The medication works better if it's already in your system once the allergen is airborne. 

2. Wash off at night

Take a shower after you've been working or exercising outdoors, or in the evening before you go to bed. This will cut down on allergen exposure while you snooze, and you'll be more likely to wake up sniffle-free.

3. Avoid certain raw foods

Some ragweed sufferers have what's known as oral allergy syndrome, and will have a reaction to melons, bananas, cucumbers and zucchini. One sign you might have it? Mouth tingling. Cooking the fruit or vegetable you react to can eliminate symptoms.

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