Surviving Allergy Season
Spring has finally arrived! The birds are chirping, the grass is turning greener, and we can finally put away our snow boots. Spring is literally in the air! That’s right the return of warmer weather means the return of pollen, ragweed, weed and grass spores. These lovely allergens will soon be sending allergy symptoms into overdrive.
According to a number of different allergists, this year’s spring allergy season will be much stronger and last longer than usual. Experienced allergy suffers know that the sneezing, the itchy and water eyes, and the runny noses can sneak up anytime throughout the year, but is usually worse in spring.
Consider getting an allergy test to determine what you’re really allergic too. Whether it’s mold, grass, or a weed, once you know your triggers then you can keep an eye on allergen levels in the air with WebMD’s Pollen Counter.
The best way to manage allergies may be with medication. There are a number of different over-the-counter medications available. Specifically consider taking a non-drowsy antihistamine that provides long-lasting relief. Throat lozenges can help to sooth a sore throat due to postnasal drip, and antihistamine eye drops can help to relive itch, watery eyes.
If over-the-counter tools aren’t strong enough then see your doctor. He or she may suggest stronger, prescription medications or allergy shots.
Natural Relief to Relieve Symptoms
Keep it Outside – Change your clothes when you come home and leave your shoes by the door. Since pollen can collect on your clothing, you’ll want to change and throw your clothes in the wash as soon as possible to decrease the amount of pollen you bring in with you.
Clean Up – Take a shower and wash your hair. You’ll especially want to consider doing this before you go to bed, so you avoid depositing pollen in your sheets and pillowcases.
Close the Windows – While the warm fresh air does feel nice, you may be welcoming in more than just a lovely spring breeze. When you’re driving, keep your car window closed. When you’re home, keep your windows closed. This will help pollen from getting in and tickling your nose.
Wash Your Sheets – Wash your sheets and pillowcase at least once a week. Use hot water and set your dryer to its hottest setting to help kill any dust mites roosting there.
Set Your Watch – Pollen counts are higher at certain times of the day, like early in the morning. Consider switching your outdoor activities from the morning to the evening when levels are lower.
The Nose Knows – A warm water saline rinse is a great way to clean out your sinuses. Consider purchasing a neti pot from your local drugstore and using it regularly to clear out mucus and allergens, and stimulate the sinuses.
Peel Your Fruit – The protein in the skin of fruit such as apples, pears, and mangos may actually be triggering an allergic reaction. Millions of people experience what is known as Oral Allergy Syndrome, which is a reaction to the pollen particles in the fruit click here to read. Simply peel the fruit before you eat it or heat it up for 30 seconds in the microwave to denature the proteins.
Surviving Allergy Season