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How to Survive Fall Hay Fever: Part 4 of 7

Follow our six proven strategies outlined for relief from seasonal fall allergy symptoms.

Fall allergy season is almost here. For those with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) life can become miserable pretty quickly. With the arrival of all that beautiful fall color and cooler temperatures comes an increase in the 17 varieties of ragweed; three out of four people who are allergic to pollen are also allergic to ragweed.

Follow our six proven strategies outlined here for relief from seasonal fall allergy symptoms.


Strategy 3: Eliminate These Foods

Certain foods can make allergy symptoms worse for some hay fever sufferers because they contain proteins similar to the ones in ragweed.

The foods that most commonly cause symptoms to worsen in ragweed allergy sufferers are banana, chamomile tea, cucumber, dandelion, Echinacea, melon (cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon), sunflower seeds and zucchini.


Strategy 4: Cover Up

Consider wearing a surgical-style mask to cut your exposure to ragweed pollen, especially when you’re outside gardening, mowing the lawn, cycling, exercising, and so on. If you must work outdoors, wear gloves and avoid touching your face and eyes.

For optimal benefit, buy a facemask with an N95 rating by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They are widely available at home supply centers or your local pharmacy. Be sure the mask fits snugly around your nose and mouth to ensure no air is entering around the edges.

Other items to consider for outdoor wear are wide brimmed hats to prevent pollen from landing in your hair (and remaining there) and sunglasses to prevent the tiny particles from getting into your eyes. If you don’t wear a hat, avoid using hair gels and other products that the pollen can stick to.


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For a complete evaluation of your symptoms and quick relief, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Consultants. We have five convenient offices in the metro Atlanta area with a variety of available times — even same day appointments.

Our medical staff includes three award winning, board-certified allergy doctors, each with more than 25 years experience: Dr. Paul S. Rabinowitz, Dr. Mark D. Livezey, and Dr. Glen L. Nadel.

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Links to other parts in this series

Part 1 Intro to Series

Strategy 1: Create a Pollen Free-Environment

Strategy 2: Wash Up

Strategies 3 & 4: Eliminate Allergy Foods and Cover Up

Strategy 5: Rinse for Relief

Strategy 6: Monitor Pollen Counts

Conclusion: Plan B

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