Two things for which I’m thankful:
- My kid has ZERO allergies. Or should I say, zero KNOWN allergies. No food allergies. No pet allergies. No seasonal allergies.
- I never had allergies either. Until I had said child.
Yes, my body decided to plague me with seasonal allergies once I had my son. And apparently I’m not the only one that has experienced weird physical changes since having a child.
All of that aside, seasonal allergies are a weird thing. You feel lousy – like you have a cold or maybe even the flu. And when things don’t get any worse but don’t get any better – that’s usually when it dawns on me to check the pollen count.
More than 30 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies, which may cause hay fever or sinusitis. It’s no wonder. A common culprit like like ragweed can produce a million lightweight pollen grains daily (from just one plant!) that can travel hundreds of miles in the wind.
In addition to ragweed, the most common fall allergens include mold, and dust mites (both are often common in schools).
To lessen the symptoms of allergies, here are a few tips:
- Wash vegetables and fruit as pollen can cling to it
- Check the daily pollen forecast and avoiding the outdoors during peak hours
- Clean up after being outside to avoid tracking pollen
- Keep your home and car windows closed
- Replace furnace filters, cleaning chimneys and inspecting firewood for mold
The best tip for staying on top of allergies? Treat your allergies early – try antihistamines, decongestants and/or nasal sprays/rinses. If you’re lucky, you might even convince your kid to try a neti pot (mine did!).