As spring approaches, seasonal allergies start acting up. Every spring, millions of people suffer from allergy symptoms. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, here are seven things you can do to minimize your allergy symptoms.
If you typically suffer from seasonal allergies, don’t wait until your symptoms are in full swing. It is best to start treating your symptoms before pollen begins to take over the air. An allergist can recommend a treatment that will work to prevent and alleviate your allergy symptoms.
If you suffer from allergies, make sure you keep your windows and screen doors shut in order to keep pollen out of your home. Pollen can also cling to your clothing, so be sure to change your clothes as soon as you get home. You should also regularly clean your air filters, carpets, and bed sheets because these are places where allergens tend to accumulate.
Mold can also trigger allergy symptoms. Remove mold from your household surfaces by cleaning them with a mixture of water and detergent or water and bleach. Also, make sure you don’t have any leaks in your pipes and windows. Moisture is often the cause of mold, so make sure rooms where moisture tends to develop, like your bathroom, are properly ventilated.
The pollen count is typically highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so try to avoid outdoor activities during this time. Also remember that the pollen count tends to be higher on hot, dry days than it is on cool, rainy days.
Your preferred weather station will usually report daily counts of pollen and mold. Download a weather app so you can keep track of these reports no matter where you are.
Nasal irrigation is used to flush out any mucus and debris from the nasal cavity. The procedure can also be used to flush spring allergens out of your nasal passages, which will improve symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing, and itching.
Studies have found that patients who receive acupuncture treatments a few times a week have reduced allergy symptoms. Even if you wait until your allergy symptoms have already started, acupuncture can help alleviate some of them, but you will want to continue acupuncture treatment throughout allergy season to ensure that your symptoms don’t reappear.
Allergies can leave you feeling miserable all spring. If you know you have allergies, take steps to prevent and alleviate your symptoms once spring arrives.