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Seasonal Allergies

It is important that you learn how to fight seasonal allergies, especially if your symptoms have been getting you down during certain times of the year. To reduce symptoms, many allergists recommend avoiding triggers. By altering your habits during allergy season, you would be able to function more normally.

Fall and spring time may be especially hard for you. In the fall in North America, ragweed blooms from mid August until a hard freeze, which usually occurs in November. Fall also brings mold spores because of rotting leaves and plants. There are also trees and plants that pollinate in the fall. Finally, if you have dust mite allergies, you may suffer from more symptoms in the fall when the house is closed and your exposure to dust rises. Spring allergies can result from the many pollinating plants and the mold produced with the spring thaw.

You may want to stay indoors to fight seasonal allergies. Hence, avoid outdoor activities, which can expose you to your allergy trigger. For example, if you are mold-sensitive, then raking leaves may be an activity that you should avoid. Choose times for outdoor activity when you are less likely to experience an allergic reaction. For example, pollen counts are highest during the morning hours. Also, rain inhibits the transport of pollen. A windless, rainy day or shortly after rain is a good time to get fresh air. For these, you can check up pollen counts and weather forecast reports from several sources.

Close your windows during allergy season so that you can keep allergens outside. You should also remove shoes before entering the house, to fight seasonal allergies. Also, wash clothes which you have just worn outside in hot water. If you have allergies to the pollen in weeds and flowers, avoid using them for house decorations.

You will find that regardless of how much you do to reduce your exposure to allergens, it is impossible to live like a hermit for an entire season. Hence, some symptoms may still be experienced. For natural relief, you can try diffusing some decongesting essential oils in your bedroom, such as eucalyptus or tea tree oil, for easier breathing. Cleaning your nose with a saline spray will help to prevent secondary infections. In short, there are ways that can help you fight seasonal allergies without using dangerous and harsh medications. Altering your habits and using natural remedies can make your life easier during these high-pollen and high-dust periods.

An allergy sufferer, Evelyn Lim, publishes information about allergy natural treatment. For more free tips and research, please visit