Spring is near and we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic. While some still opt-out of wearing a mask for their health’s sake or their fellow man, it may do those some good who struggle with seasonal allergies. Looking for some relief? Check out these seven allergy relief tips that are sure to help ease your symptoms.
The Natural Route
A number of natural remedies have been used to treat allergy symptoms. Treatments that may help include:
Avoid Outdoor Activities During Peak Times for Pollen
Small amounts of pollen may be seen from August and the pollen season may extend to April in some years; but, the major peak of grass pollen is usually seen in October/November with a smaller summer peak around January/February. You can reduce your exposure to allergens by:
- Staying indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
- Avoiding lawn mowing, weed pulling, and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
- Removing all clothes worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
- Using indoor-only laundry drying techniques to avoid pollen sticking to sheets and towels.
- Or, by wearing a filtered face mask for outside chores, much like the one the CDC recommends people wear in public settings.
Before heading out, make sure to check your local TV or radio station, a local newspaper, or online news source for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels. If high pollen counts are forecasted, seal all doors and windows, and consider taking your allergy medications before your symptoms start.
Keep Indoor Air Dry and Clean
Keeping indoor air dry and clean is actually easier said than done. Some of the most common home allergens are dust mites, insects, cat dander and pollen. However, there are some ways that you can avoid these allergen triggers altogether:
- Avoid opening windows and use the air conditioning instead in your house and car.
- Try using high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules for your home and car air ventilations.
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- For better sleep, keep a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter at your bedside.
- Vacuum and clean your floors often with a device that has a HEPA filter.
Clear Your Sinuses with Nasal Rinsing
Also known as saltwater flushes, help keep the nasal passages open by washing out thick or dried mucus. They can also help improve the function of cilia that help clear the sinuses. This can help prevent the spread of infection to the other sinuses and reduce postnasal drip. It also can make the nose feel more comfortable by keeping the mucous membranes moist. At-home saline solution recipe:
- Add 1 cup distilled water to a clean container. If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it is lukewarm.
- Add 0.5 tsp salt to the water.
- Add 0.5 tsp baking soda.