For all of the awesome things that come with spring, warm weather, the sun, flowers and romance, there is one thing that many people don’t get terribly excited about: Allergies. Every spring, as the trees begin to bloom, clouds of pollen are released into the air and we soon hear an annual chorus of sneezing and sniffling.
Of course, if you are an allergy sufferer, all you have to do is lock yourself inside, windows shut, in front of an air purifier for the next three months. But that is not a very practical solution, especially since you need to be at work tomorrow. Besides, spring is a beautiful time of year and who wants to miss out on that by being stuck inside all of the time?
Allergies can make you miserable, but there are ways in which you can fight back. Here are a few tips on how to better control your seasonal allergies.
Reduce Your Exposure to Allergy Triggers
Try your best to reduce your exposure the all of the things that trigger your allergy symptoms. It is a good idea to stay indoors on windy or dry days. Hire WeedPro, your organic lawn care specialists in Atlanta, to do your yard work. In no way should you be in your backyard kicking up pollen while mowing your lawn.
Tweak Your Home
Simple changes in your home will make a lot of difference. Keep pollen out of your home by keeping the windows shut. If it is a very warm day, use an air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable. Don’t use a fan as it will suck the pollen inside.
Take your shoes off when you get home and have the rest of the family members do the same.
Clean your floors as often as possible and use a vacuum that has a high-efficiency filter. And as much as you love the fresh smell of sheets dried in the spring breeze, don’t hang your clothes outside to dry.
Each time you step into your home, you bring small bits of the outside world in with you. After being outside, your clothes, hair, shoes and skin are covered in tree pollen and the sneezes will begin again.
To help prevent this, shower often and change your clothes.
Wear a Mask
This might seem a bit silly, but wearing a mask will help tremendously. It will keep the allergens from getting into your airways when you can’t otherwise avoid them.
Studies show that allergy sufferers who eat fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables have fewer allergy symptoms. Nobody is quite sure what the link is, but there isn’t any doubt that a healthy diet helps.
Rinse It Out
A nasal rinse cleans mucus from your nasal passage and will relieve your allergy symptoms. It also helps if the air in your home isn’t so dry, so you might want to invest in a humidifier.
No, that doesn’t mean go and crack open another beer. If you are suffering postnasal drip from your allergies, drink more water, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages. The extra liquid in your system thins out your mucus and will give you a little relief. Hot liquids like tea and broth have an added bonus, they offer steam.
Get Hot and Steamy
Steam does a really good job of thinning out mucus and clearing out your nasal passage. Hold your head over a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head to trap the steam and you will breathe easier.
Believe it or not, this ancient practice has been found to bring some relief to those who suffer allergy symptoms. It can’t hurt too much to give it a shot.
One of the most promising and well-researched alternative treatment for allergies is butterbur. In fact, some claim that butterbur works as well as over-the-counter antihistamines.
One of the best ways to avoid allergens in your home is to keep it clean. However, harsh chemicals can get into your nasal passage and aggravate your symptoms. It is recommended that you use natural cleaners in your home.
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