The cooler temperatures of fall are such a welcome relief after the hot summer months, but the sniffles and sneezes of autumn allergies are anything but.
Allergy symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, congestion, coughing, watery eyes, loss of taste and smell, and fatigue may mimic a cold, but there’s two key characteristics that may signal you actually have an allergy.
With allergies, you are more likely to be itchy, and those symptoms tend to last a lot longer than a cold.
While you may be tempted to “gut it out” in the hopes those symptoms will improve on their own, it may be better not to wait and instead, seek treatment.
Medications like anti-histamines, and allergy shots will help relieve symptoms, but avoiding allergens may be your best defense.
Here are a few tips to avoid your symptoms:
- Limit your time outside.
- Wash your hair before going to sleep.
- Take your shoes off.
- Keep their windows closed.
- Use air conditioning.
- Wash your pets.
Lastly, plan outdoor activities when pollen levels are low, usually during rainy, cloudy, and windless days.