Spring is practically upon us, and you know what that means… Allergies! That’s right, it’s allergy season. There will be sneezing, congestion, itchy, red, watery eyes, also picnics and sports, but it’s hard to enjoy those while in the midst of an allergy induced haze. So here are some things you can do to fight back this year.
1. Get Tested.
One of the most effective ways to reduce allergy symptoms, is to find out what you’re actually allergic to. Is it pollen, grass, pet dander, dust? Go to the doctor and find out. Then, at least, you know what you’re trying to avoid.
2. Clean Up.
Even if what you’re allergic to is outside (pollen, grass, etc.), keeping the inside of your house clean is important when it comes to avoiding allergy symptoms. Remember that things like pollen come in on your shoes, your clothes, even your dog. Spring cleaning is great, but setting a weekly cleaning schedule where you clean a room or two each day may be a good idea too. This will allow you to maintain a clean environment without spending tons of time doing it.
3. Change your air filter.
When you bring allergens into your home, one of the best ways to keep from continuously breathing them in is to make sure your hvac filter is clean. A clean filter will trap dust, pollen, dust mites and pet dander, making it a lot easier to breathe for allergy sufferers.
4. Get ahead of your allergies.
Unfortunately, there’s really no way to avoid allergies completely. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to suffering through them. Stock up on allergy medicines like antihistamines or nasal sprays and use them before your symptoms get out of control. Many people also find sinus rinses to be helpful, especially at combating congestion. Become friendly with the Neti Pot. It will make allergy season much more tolerable.
5. Try something different.
The pharmacy isn’t the only source for tools to fight your allergies. If the thought of taking a pill everyday doesn’t sound great, there are many other options. Local honey is thought to be helpful in building up immunity to the allergens in your area. Vitamin C and fish oils can help reduce congestion and inflammation. Even onions can help to reduce (believe it or not) itchy watery eyes. And if these things sound crazy, look at it this way, they can’t hurt to try.
Don’t let your allergies keep you from enjoying this spring. Try some or all of these tips and go out and seize the day.