Most people think allergies are only burdensome during the spring when flowers are in bloom. But ask any allergy sufferer and they can assure you allergy season can pop up during pumpkin season too. If you have itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, breathing problems and minor aches and pains you could be suffering from autumn allergies.

Pollen floats in the air both in spring and fall. The cool, windy autumn days are perfect carriers. Ragweed pollinates during the fall and leads to hay fever which is an allergic reaction. Another common allergen is mold. Leaves are falling to the ground and the air is moist, harboring an environment for all sorts of annoying spores. There are some natural ways to deal with allergies during the fall.

Buy local honey. That’s right, your sweet tooth can come in handy! Buying honey from a local beekeeper means the bees have been using flowers in your area. Eating the honey is an indirect way to get exposure to that flower pollen! This can help you build up a resistance to it when you breathe it in.

Check your local pollen counts to see what kind of plants are pollinating in your area. Avoid a lot of outdoor activity in the early morning- that’s when pollen counts are typically at their highest.

Raking leaves? Wear a bandana around your nose and mouth so you don’t breath in any anything that can irritate your allergies.

Purchase a Neti pot. It’s a small pot that you fill with saltwater and use on your nose like a nasal spray, except it’s a natural remedy. The saltwater can help rinse away irritants in the nose.

Eat spicy food to clear your airways. Make some tacos; add some horseradish to your hotdog or cook with peppers. Spices act as decongestants.

Toss the milk out. What you eat can determine how you feel. Studies show that a diet rich in omega-3 fatting oils can help with allergies. Dairy products, wheat and sugar can all lead to congestion. You want your diet to consist mainly of fish, nuts, fruits and veggies. This rule fits not just during allergy season, but also all year long!

Millions of people suffer from autumn allergies, but take heart! Typically the symptoms subside in November when the weather gets colder and plants become dormant.