5 Ways To Combat Fall Allergies

5 Ways To Combat Fall Allergies

Reduce those pesky allergy symptoms so you can enjoy the season change!

Many people assume allergy season solely lies within the spring months, typically ranging from March-June. However, as the warm-humid weather shifts to crisp, cooler air, the colors of the leaves are not the only things changing. In addition to adjusting pollen levels, the amount of mold and dust play a huge role in fall allergens. Students and teachers often get the brunt of this, from entering schools that may have been a bit lax in terms of cleanliness over the summer.

So are there any ways of avoiding this, or at least decreasing the symptoms? Absolutely. Here are five proactive behaviors for combatting those pesky fall allergies.

1. Get a Dehumidifier

This transitional season allows for extra dust mites, mold and mildew, which only increases your chances of getting itchy eyes, a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. Dehumidifiers work wonders for the air quality around you, especially if you’re in a small space with a limited amount of ventilation. Whether it’s in your bedroom, bathroom, or work office, these little lifesavers will reduce the moisture in the air allowing your respiratory system to breathe easily. Trust me, you will feel the difference.

2. Carry antibacterial gel with you everywhere

Hand sanitizer is a fast, and convenient way to limit the amount of germs you intake on a daily basis. However, utilizing them the correct way is crucial for effectiveness. When applying, be sure to cover the entire hand including finger crevasses, the palm, and the wrist. If you are wearing any jewelry, I would advise to remove them first as these fashion accessories are perfect hiding places for germs. Keep a portable tube on you at all times. You’ll thank me when your boss introduces you to someone who just sneezed into his/her hands.

3. Green Tea and Ginger are your new best friends

As you’ve probably heard before, green tea is full of antioxidants, which aid in creating a strong foundation for immunity. What people don’t know, however, is that it takes approximately three or four cups in tea form, to ingest the suggested amount. Therefore, adding green tea into to your daily self-care routine is crucial for you to reap the benefits when allergy season approaches. Ginger, on the other hand, has a substantial amount of vitamin C, and its most effective part is the root. You can’t go wrong by consistently drinking green-ginger tea!

4. Be conscious of current pollen levels

As fall approaches, we get that lovely crisp, breathable air. Therefore, we often love to shut our air conditioners off and open up our windows. However, if you are an allergy sufferer, this could actually lead to more harm than good. Before cracking those windows, be sure to check the pollen levels for that week. If they are low, you’re good. If they are on the high side, it will be in your best interest to leave them shut for a while.

5. Consider monthly massage therapy

Now, I know what you’re going to say. There is no way in hell that I can afford a massage every month. But let me just say that massages are an extremely natural, and effective preventative measure that you can take against allergies. Through the heat, oil, and body stimulation, a large amount of built up toxins are being released, making your body less hospitable to germs. You may have to give up that handbag, and invest in these monthly massages during peak allergy seasons. Not only will your body feel rejuvenated, but your mental health will improve as well!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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I Stopped Taking My ADHD Medication And It Made Me 10 Times Happier

Many people with ADHD choose to medicate to manage their symptoms, but that choice is not without any negative side effects.


When I was 7 years old, I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

I was in the third grade and falling behind in nearly every subject and my teachers were losing hope. I endured several weeks of testing before being diagnosed, but even more weeks of medication testing after I was diagnosed. Once it had been determined that I responded positively to medication, I began taking Concerta.

I took Concerta every day from fourth grade on to my freshman year of college.

About every three years, I would start taking a stronger dosage and every time my dosage increased, I experienced more and more negative side effects of the drug.

Common side effects people experience when they take ADHD medications are altered personalities. The meds make you feel more reserved and uncomfortable. You are constantly on alert and this makes one feel very self-conscious. Another side effect of ADHD meds is suppression of identifying personality traits and strong emotions. Many people, including myself, report feeling robot or zombie-like. All of these side effects disappeared when I stopped taking Concerta.

Around the beginning of my first year of college, I considered stopping medicating.

College is a fresh start and I was beginning to wonder what not medicating would feel like. I had become so used to the way Concerta made me feel, I did not know what it felt like to truly be myself. So, after being medicated from 2008-2017, I stopped taking my ADHD pills.

At first, I didn't feel much of a difference, but as time went on I began feeling happier. I found myself to be more outgoing and social. I have always been considered a warm, approachable person, but this was different. People began commenting on how often I was smiling, my friend group was expanding, I began feeling more confident in myself and speaking in public.

During the fall semester of my sophomore year, I began experiencing the symptoms of my ADHD on a whole new level. I was having extreme difficulty paying attention in class, trouble completing all my assignments in a timely fashion, forgetting simple things, and more.

I felt like my grades were suffering and I was worried not medicating was compromising the quality of my education because I no longer had pills to help me manage my symptoms, so I started medicating once again.

At the start of my sophomore winter semester, I began taking Concerta again in hopes my educational experience would improve. While school was easier to manage, I could not stand the way the meds were making me feel. I experienced intense migraines, loss of interest in any/all activities I once enjoyed, I stopped eating, and my friends often commented on how dull I seemed. Due to all the negative side-effects of starting my medication again, I got rid of them for good.

Over a year has gone by since I first made the choice to give up my medication.

School is a lot harder and paying attention takes significantly more energy, but I would not trade any of my ADHD struggles for the feeling of finally being free from the methylphenidate based drug used to treat my disorder. For the first time since third grade, I feel like myself and I am proud of who I am and who I am becoming.

Editor's note: The views expressed in this article are not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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