Hello, Fall. Hello, Allergies

I’m probably one of very few Americans feeling positive this morning, despite ever-worsening economic news.

Despite an impending move to Colorado and the related, wearying attempt to sell or rent my house in a downturn.

Despite the total lack of help the housing bill provides for me and all the other homeowners who bought fairly priced, regular-sized homes under good credit terms but are getting completely screwed by the housing crisis, anyway.

Yeah, I’m in a good mood, anyway. Because the heat finally broke this week. And if lower temps and humidity seem trivial next to all the bad news lately, spend the month of August here on the Florida panhandle next year, and I’ll think you’ll agree with me.

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(Not that autumn leaves ever look like this in Florida.)

Fall is my favorite part of the whole year, but it’s always a mixed blessing if you’ve got an asthma kid with a season-change trigger. Particularly if that asthma kid also has allergies. My Asthma Girl’s got the first trigger but not the second. To make life even more entertaining, her sister has spring and fall allergies but no asthma. Go figure.

Here’s a repeat of tips for dealing with outdoor allergens from last spring. As always, add any tips of your own to the comments.

Shut the windows.
Allergy and asthma websites recommend running the A/C rather than opening windows in spring, but I hate keeping my windows shut to beautiful weather. I compromise by running the A/C every couple of days as a filtering system and keeping furniture well dusted and floors mopped. If my little one just can’t catch a break with her symptoms, though, I shut the house up until she feels better. I’d imagine that the worse your allergies are or the more severe your allergy-induced flares are, you’d want to follow this guideline pretty closely.

Limit clothesline use.
If you dry clothes or bedding outside, on the highest pollen count days, opt for your dryer instead. Hanging clothes outside to dry in the springtime will saturate them with pollen.

Take nighttime showers.
Showering and washing your hair when you come inside for the night keeps the pollen from rubbing off you and onto your bed, where it can trigger nighttime flares. This is one guideline I follow without fail. Kindergarteners are pretty dirty at the end of the day.

Stay inside until after 10:00 a.m.
Plants release their pollen in the early morning, so you’re better off going for a run or heading to the park in the afternoon rather than the morning.

7 responses to “Hello, Fall. Hello, Allergies”

  1. Steve says:

    This is my favorite time of the year as well, but also the time I’m most likely to have flare-ups. ( When the leaves start to fall…so do my peak flows!)

    I like the tip about not going outside until after 10am. Im going to try that this year and see if it helps.

    Ive been hospitalized every September for as long as I can remember, but I’m determined as ever to make this year the exception.

    Enjoy the season!

  2. Asthmagirl says:

    My asthma is still hanging in there. Last year I got to December before getting ill so I have high hopes this year. I’m sorry about your allergies because I’ve heard the stories about how tough that is. I hope they subside soon!

  3. wendy says:

    Wow – I never thought to not hang laundry on the clothesline, or shower at night, or stay in until after 10.00 a.m. Thanks for the tips.
    I get hay-fever in the fall. Not too bad any more – just annoying. I hope your children outgrow some of their allergies. I did.

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