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5 Ways to Prep for Fall Allergy Season

Line up some relief from fall allergies before the sneezing season even starts.

By Emily Main

tags: ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, HOME REMEDIES



Fall means apple cider, back to school, the fresh smell of fallen leaves—and the return of allergy season. Approximately 10 to 20 percent of the public is allergic to ragweed, the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, and thanks to global warming, studies are finding that ragweed season is lasting as much as 15 days longer in some regions of the country. Rain, which washes pollen out of the air and so is generally welcomed by ragweed allergy sufferers, leads to the proliferation of mold, another seasonal allergy trigger.

Whether it's ragweed, mold—or both—that gives you the allergy blues, here are five ways to prep yourself now, before fall allergens have a chance to make you miserable.

#1: Stock up on butterbur. If mold, but not ragweed, makes you teary-eyed, try butterbur tablets, a botanical remedy. The British Medical Journal published a study in 2002 finding that leaves and roots of the butterbur bush, native to Europe, northern Africa, and parts of Asia, worked just as effectively at reducing hay fever symptoms as cetirizine, the active ingredient in Zyrtec, without causing drowsiness. Butterbur belongs to the same family as ragweed, however, so people allergic to ragweed may actually get worse after taking it.

Published on: August 30, 2010
Updated on: August 31, 2012



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After losing hearing in one ear from infections following a long airplane trip, I sought help from Scott and White Hospital, the south's leading diagnostic hospital. The doctor recommended no antibiotics, decongestants or antihistamines; he prescribed saline nasal irrigation. It worked, and I've used it ever since.

Wikipedia describes this as irrigating the nasal cavity to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses. It has been practiced in India for centuries as one of the disciplines of yoga. Clinical tests prove it safe and beneficial with few effects. Saline solution irrigation promotes good nasal health, and patients with chronic sinusitis including symptoms of facial pain, headache, halitosis, cough, anterior rhinorrhea (watery discharge) and nasal congestion often find nasal irrigation to provide effective relief. In published studies, "daily hypertonic saline nasal irrigation improves sinus-related quality of life, decreases symptoms, and decreases medication use in patients with frequent sinusitis," and irrigation is recommended as an "effective adjunctive treatment of chronic sinonasal symptoms."

I won't say it's pleasant, but it works, it's simple, it's cheap and doesn't make you sleepy or dizzy. You can find the formula online.

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