Learning how to avoid allergy triggers and finding the right treatment can make a big difference. Immunologist Juan Carlos Guarderas,M.D., at the Sinus Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Florida, explains how seasonal fall allergens can affect our health and how we can deal with possible complications. A chronic allergy problem can be managed when we have a clear diagnosis and an action plan to help us avoid complications and disruptions to our daily life.
Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days -- the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
- Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Remove clothes you've worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Don't hang laundry outside -- pollen can stick to sheets and towels.
- Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.