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Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze at

Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze at

(NewsUSA)- Call it seasonal rhinitis. Call it hay fever. Call it by any name you like, but for the 40 million Americans who endure itchy, watery eyes, ever-runny noses and scratchy throats that accompany the change in seasons, it means only one thing - allergies.
While most of us think of allergies as a spring thing, experts say that one-third of people suffer with them in the fall.
That's because in autumn, plants like ragweed and late- blooming trees, flowers and weeds release pollen. Couple these floras with certain molds found on fallen leaves, dead plants and rotting wood, which also peak during the fall season and release tiny spores into the air, and you have a recipe that can wreak havoc on the sinuses.
Although allergies are something to be tolerated, sufferers don't have to be doomed to a season of Kleenex.
The following tips may help reduce exposure to allergens and soothe allergy symptoms:
* Minimize outdoor activity. Pollen is at its highest in the morning hours, so avoid doing anything outdoors until mid-morning. Keep in mind that tasks such as mowing the lawn and raking leaves kicks up outdoorallergens like no other and may trigger an attack. If you must do yard work, wear a dust mask, and shower immediately after the task.
* Watch what you eat.
Research shows that some foods like melons, bananas, zucchini and certain chamomile teas can set off symptoms in people who suffer from ragweed allergies.
* Consider alternative remedies. If over-the-counter medications don't seem to be bringing some much-needed relief, safe, effective and nutritional remedies such as Efficas Care ( may be just what the doctor ordered. This non-prescription medical food is taken once a day - either by itself or mixed in with other foods - and is the first "nutritional therapeutic" approach that has been clinically proven to help reduce allergy symptoms.
* Use the dryer. While most people love the smell of the outdoors on their freshly laundered clothes, it's also a haven for pollen and mold. Better to throw your laundry in the dryer.
* Keep the outside out. The air conditioner should be an allergy sufferer's best friend. Leaving windows open, while refreshing, invites pollens, molds, and dust mites that can trigger an attack. If you can't stand to keep the house closed, an air filter or purifier will help reduce the presence of allergens.
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