As fall kicks off, the statistics for allergic reactions go sky high. About 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergy caused by ragweed and other weed pollens, and mold spores. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology estimates that 20% of the U.S. population suffers from allergies symptoms on a regular basis.  

A lot of people cannot sleep, work, and do their daily routines because of ragweed allergies causing uncontrollable sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and coughing.

Here are some tips which can help you during the allergy season:

1. Apply the cold pack to your eyes and your face since it can help a lot in relieving the itching, swelling and irritation.  

2. Get a HEPA air cleaner to filter particles which are about 20 microns or smaller. Pollens and allergens are about that big small so these devices will help in cleaning the indoor air of your home

3. You can also try to nasal saline irrigation to help remove trapped allergens and excess mucus.  

4. Horseradish, hot mustard, and chili pepper on your favorite dish can increase nasal secretions and help cleanse your nasal membranes of pollens and other particles.

5. Wear sunglasses when you go outdoors. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis brings with it some photosensitivity. The sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the sun’s heat and irritation.

Other unproven ways to respond to seasonal allergy that you may want to consider:

1. Stay away from dairy products. As much as they are really enjoyable, dairy products will trigger your body to produce more phlegm and just worsen your symptoms.

2. Eat healthy. Make sure that your diet will be rich in Vitamin C which can boost your immune system and acts as a naturally antihistamine. You can also take about 1000 mg of Vitamin C on a daily basis to shield yourself from ragweed allergy and other seasonal allergies. Omega-3 rich food like flaxseed, salmon, and walnuts will also help.  

3. Magnesium can also help to ease your breathing. About 400 mg is ideal according to immunologists.

Consult your allergy doctor so you can be tested for allergies. Most often than not, people who have allergies are also sensitive to some foods that they usually take. Some people who are allergic to birch pollen, for example, also react to potatoes, carrots, and apples. Ragweed allergy is also aggravated if you do not react well to a glass of milk.  

Find out what allergens cause you trouble so you can avoid them, modify your lifestyle, and protect yourself from these seasonal allergies.

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