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Four Tips for Fall Allergy Relief

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Fall allergies are here and if you suffer from seasonal allergies, some experts say this will be a sneezier than normal fall season. The unusually warm summer gave a jumpstart to ragweed pollen, the primary fall allergy trigger. And the pollen may hang around longer too.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 40 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis-also known as hay fever. Symptoms can include:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • A hoarse, scratchy throat.

How much misery you're in may depend on where you live. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation just released their list of the worst fall allergy cities.  Louisville, Kentucky tops the list with Witchita, Kansas and Knoxville, Tennessee close behind.

No matter where you live, there are some steps you can take to ease your symptoms.

  • Over the counter medications work for some people
  • Others may need to see a doctor for allergy shots
  • Keep your home as dust free as possible
  • Stay indoors at peak pollen times from 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Clean the heating ducts and use a high efficiency filter.

If all else fails, we can always count on winter's frost to clear the air.

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