The Times - 20th September 2011 Issue
"There is always an autumn rise in problems for some people with allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma," says Lindsey McManus, executive director of Allergy UK. But experts predict that this autumn could be the worst on record for allergies. Damp weather during June and July caused ragweed pollen levels to rise and standing water caused by summer flooding has increased the amount of mould, another common allergen, into the air. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that delayed frost is forecast - frost kills ragweed.
What can you do
McManus says not to delay seeking treatment until symptoms hit. "Prevention is the best approach, so see your doctor about allergy medications such as steroid nasal sprays and eye drops or antihistamine tablets as soon as you can," she says.
Wearing sunglasses can help to limit exposure to some airborne allergens and using a dehumidifier at home can help to prevent damp exacerbating allergies, especially allergic asthma. Try EcoAir's Eco DD range (ecoair.org).
(Extracted from The Times - 20st September 2011 Issue pp. 7 on Body & Soul Health Section)