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Fall Hay Fever Allergies - 4 Quick Tips For Seasonal Allergy Relief

Okay, so you roll out of bed one morning, open your eyes and then it hits you- watery, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing. Sure, it could be a cold, but guess what? You might also be experiencing hay fever. And not just any hay fever, but fall hay fever.

But then you wonder, "If it's hay fever, shouldn't my hay fever allergies occur in the spring?"

Hay Fever Allergies Are Seasonal Allergies, And Fall Is As Good A Season As Any To Get Them Contrary to the belief of many people who experience hay fever allergies for the first time, hay fever allergies occur in all but the winter months. Also contrary to what many believe, you can develop hay fever allergies (known clinically as allergic rhinitis) at any time during you life. Sorry, but once you've got hay fever, you're likely to have it for a very long time.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), 35 million people in the United States suffer from hay fever, so at least you'll be sharing your misery, but that's not going to do anything for your allergy symptoms. What can you do to find fall hay fever allergy relief?

The good news is that you don't have to suffer. At least not as much as you would if you weren't armed with good, solid information. For the worst hay fever allergies, you may want to see your doctor, and there are certain hay fever allergy medications that can help reduce your allergy symptoms, but before starting a full-fledged fall hay fever allergy treatment, you may want to take these steps.

4 Fall Hay Fever Allergy Tips:

  • Tip 1: Keep track of the pollen count in your area. You'll know when allergic pollens are at their highest and be able to prepare for them. The AAAAI website provides this information. Use it.
  • Tip 2: Use air conditioning, if possible. Yes, the weather may be getting cooler, but the air conditioner in your home or car will filter out allergens from the air, especially if it's one equipped with a HEPA air filter.
  • Tip 3: If symptoms are really bad, and you don't want to use medications, you might try a charcoal mask- not necessarily where others will see you and think you're preparing for a mustard gas attack, but in your garden or patio.
  • Tip 4: Stay indoors if you must. Sad, but true- most of the allergens you encounter will be outside and you can avoid them by staying inside. You may not want to put your life on hold, but you may also want to control how many outdoor allergens you're exposed to.
Congratulations! The first steps to fall hay fever allergy relief! Now take a deep breath, put on a stiff upper lip and take these steps that can reduce your allergy symptoms. After all, hay fever allergies are nothing to sneeze at!

Andrew Martin is a science writer for the hay fever section of, a physician-monitored , expert source of helpful allergy information since 1999.