Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves (Photo credit: GaggieITMI)


Body Tip Sniffling your way through fall? If you’re allergic to ragweed or mold, wear a dust mask when mowing the lawn or raking leaves.


Don’t let seasonal allergies put a damper on autumn. If fall allergens are forcing you indoors, you may want to visit an allergist to determine exactly what you’re allergic to and how to treat it. Ragweed and mold are the two most common fall allergens. To limit your exposure, wear a dust mask when raking leaves or mowing the lawn. Both activities can kick pollen and mold up into the air, making your allergies worse. After yard work or any outdoor activity, remove your clothes and put them right into the hamper or washer. Shower immediately, whenever possible. Pollen can cling to skin and hair, so washing it off as soon as possible will limit irritation. At the very least, be sure to wash your face and hands after being outside for any extended length of time.




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