For those who suffer from severe fall allergies, autumn can be an uncomfortable, even painful, time of year. Avoiding allergens is the best way to manage symptoms, but this is not always possible; however, there are ways to manage painful allergy attacks.
The most effective way to keep painful symptoms at bay is to avoid contact with known allergens. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common sources of fall allergies, for example: tracking pollen counts online to see when numbers are high can help you know when to stay inside, if possible, or when to remove clothing and shoes before coming into the house.
A congested nose is uncomfortable by itself, but if left untreated it can lead to a painful sinus headache. Getting rid of excess mucus early on is important to prevent buildup. Nasal decongestants can be purchased over the counter in either oral or spray form (although sprays are not meant for long-term use and can cause painful symptoms of their own). These medications help relieve stuffiness and swelling in the sinus tissue, easing pressure.
Some people find nasal irrigation with a Neti pot or a nasal rinse to be helpful when clearing out a stuffy nose; these are both designed to flush out excess mucus along with allergen particles that cause symptoms.
Headaches brought on by allergies can be a dull or intense pain, often throbbing, and may feel localized over the sinus cavities, so you can feel it in the face, too. Allergy-induced headaches can be treated with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, but treating and minimizing congestion is the best way to decrease pain overall.