Sneezing and wheezing lately? It’s likely not just because the scent of pumpkin spice is wafting through the air at every turn.
And if you’ve already ruled out a cold or the coronavirus, there’s another common cause of fall misery you might be battling.
This old enemy is staging its annual return, as usual, just in time to mess with peak leaf-peeping season. This time around, however, a new report is warning our autumn allergies are likely to be far worse than usual.
But don’t simply sigh and swallow another sleep-inducing allergy med just yet, my friend. Some of those can come with some disturbing side effects, as you will see later.
Besides, there are BETTER ways to tame autumn allergies without drugs, so you can finally enjoy all of those delicious fall scents.
Well, except for maybe the pumpkin spice. I think we’re ALL a little allergic to that scent by now.
Ragweed poised to cause a ruckus this fall
A new report from AccuWeather finds conditions around the nation are ripe for an explosive ragweed season. Literally. Ragweed is notorious for releasing big clouds of pollen.
Billions of ragweed pollen grains can burst out from a single plant riding the brisk autumn breezes for hundreds of miles. Scientists have even found ragweed pollen in the air some 400 miles out at sea.
According to AccuWeather, the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and parts of the Midwest and Northwest will get hit with sky-high pollen levels this year.
Meanwhile, the Southwest, Great Lakes, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and northernmost New York will likely avoid the worst of it. And the rest of the nation will face “moderate” pollen levels, according to the experts.
It’s not just pollen you have to watch out for either. Autumn is often prime mold time too. And that’s especially true if it tends to be damp where you live.
That means everything from leaky basements inside to piles of leaves outside could trigger those unpleasant allergies.
Keep in mind many allergy symptoms can be similar to the earliest stages of a COVID-19 infection. And that’s especially true if you’re vaccinated, so you develop a milder case. So, of course, be sure to contact your doctor to see if you need to get tested.
Quick, self-serve, and relatively inexpensive coronavirus tests are now available in many drug stores.
Beat autumn allergies without drugs
For allergies, many folks turn to meds. But these drugs are often hiding a dirty secret. Disturbing side effects.
Even the supposedly “non-drowsy” formulas typically have “drowsiness” listed as a possible side effect. Which can make operating a car or other machinery unsafe. And for seniors especially, they could cause dizziness.
Many allergy meds come with other unpleasant symptoms, too, such as dry mouth. And worst of all, if they fall in a class called anticholinergics, long-term use has been linked to dementia.
In fact, last year, I cautioned readers about one of the most popular over-the-counter allergy meds that you may have in your medicine cabinet right now. You can catch up on that warning here in The bad news drug EVERYONE should trash ASAP.
So take two actions instead.
First, eliminate any potential sources of mold both inside and outside of your home. Inspect under sinks as well as in attics and basements. And make sure you get those damp leaves hauled away.
And second, if you’ve got issues with ragweed and other autumn pollens, consider trying a natural supplement instead. Both quercetin and nettle supplements can be as effective as common allergy meds for many folks but without those nasty side effects.
Some folks also swear by honey. But the trick here is it HAS to be local, as only local honey will contain the necessary pollens to help desensitize you. Look online or try your local farmer’s market to score some.
Plus, I’ve heard good things from some folks who battle allergies who’ve tried isopathy or homeopathy if you’re the experimental type. Both could potentially desensitize you to common triggers.
Speak to a naturopathic doctor who can point you in the right direction to try either.