Are fall allergies a “thing?”
Actually, they are!
Even though the blooming of spring flowers is long gone, late summer weeds and pollen can trigger allergies in the late summer and early fall. And, depending on where you live, those symptoms can last week into the beginning of school.
Ragweed, mold and dust mites are the most common offenders. But how can you tell if it’s fall allergies or a cold?
Is it Fall Allergies or a Fall Cold?
First, try to figure out if you or your child has fall allergies, or is experiencing a cold / virus. Of course, only a doctor is able to diagnose, but this guide can help.
- If you or your child has a cough, it’s probably a cold.
- If you or your child are aching all over, it’s probably a cold.
- If you or your child have a fever, it’s not allergies and may be a cold or other virus.
- If you or your child have itchy eyes, it’s probably allergies.
- If you find yourself sneezing around the same time every year, it’s probably allergies!
How to Treat Allergies
Treatment for Allergies
There are plenty of options! At CVS MinuteClinics, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.
If you’re diagnosed with allergies, medication may help relieve your symptoms.
Preventing Allergy Attacks
The best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergen – whatever it may be.
- It’s impossible to keep your kids from coming into contact w/ pollen, but it is possible to get relief – fast! If your child loves to smell the “flowers” (aka dandelions and weeds!) encourage them to wash their hands and faces when they come in side.
- Shake it off! Before coming inside, rid your clothes of pollen with a good shake. We started doing this! Leave those clothing from fall sports in the garage until you can wash them.
- Did you know hair gel could be a pollen magnet? Give your hair a break and skip the sticky stuff during allergy season for a little extra relief.
- Close windows and avoid window fans. Though those cool nights are great for sleeping, they are horrible for allergies!
- Pull out the shades! Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen. Also, if you wear contacts, consider switching to glasses for peak allergy season.
- Fall asleep on clean sheets. Wash your bedding every two weeks or sooner to help ease allergy symptoms.
- Wash and shower every night. Because pollen can stick to hair and skin, try taking a shower at night, or bathing your kids at night, for a more comfortable sleep.
- Bathe the dog! Our dog loves to be outside… and the kids love to snuggle with the dog. We keep his hair short and bathe him more frequently to get rid of the allergy-inducing pollen and grass that may stick to his fur.
What are your tips for fall allergy relief?
Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic.