With the start of the month of September, summer allergy concerns, like stinging insect allergies, are largely behind us. Hopefully
by now, we have made all our preparations for staying safe in school and for dealing with food allergies. Next up on the calendar is gearing
up for the inevitable fall allergies that for many people are as bad as spring allergies.
Thankfully, an environmental control regimen, especially one implemented before pollen counts begin to climb, can
make the difference between a miserable battle with allergy symptoms and a relatively easy-breathing allergy season.
Here are our top recommendations and product picks to help you prepare for fall allergies:
Nasal irrigation - To begin a symptom avalanche, pollen and
other allergens first enter the body through your nose. Products like
neti pots and
the SinuPulse Nasal Irrigation System wash this pollen and other allergens
from your nasal passages. Make it a habit to rinse our your
sinuses first thing in the morning, after a stint outdoors, or any time your eyes, nose, or throat start to feel itchy or watery.
Air purification - When one allergen is prolific, it's important to minimize the presence of all allergens in
order to keep your total allergen load in check. HEPA air purifiers capture fall's
most prevalent allergens, like pollen and
mold spores, but they also tackle year round allergens like dust mites and pet dander. Keep in mind that increased
allergens dirty filters faster, so remember to change your air purifier's filters for
Window filters - Opening windows for air circulation is not only a welcome change from having your house
shut up against the summer heat, but also it's healthy for indoor air circulation. However, letting in pollen along with this
fresh air is obviously counterproductive. Using window filters gives
you the best of both worlds. You reap the benefits of fresh air without
the introduction of additional allergens into your home.
For more fall allergy tips, see our
Fall Allergy Survival Guide.