Along with the season changing and the leaves falling, the autumn season also brings about sneezing and runny noses. The undesirable symptoms associated with seasonal allergies like watery and itchy eyes, coughing, runny nose and congestion is enough to make you want to stay in during this season to prevent you from getting any worse.
If you’re feeling the urge to desperately raid your medicine cabinet to find a temporary relief, fret not because there are many tips you could use that you may benefit from below.
How to Manage Your Seasonal Allergies
There are plenty of different medications you can take to help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms, but they only offer temporary relief. Try these following tips that can minimize your seasonal allergy symptoms.
1. Avoid your allergy triggers: If you don’t know what triggers are, they are anything that sets off your allergy symptoms. Limiting your exposure to these triggers may help reduce your allergy symptoms. Try these following tips:
- Pollen is one of the main culprits of seasonal allergies; you can avoid it by staying indoors on dry and windy days.
- Remove any clothing that you have worn outside and make sure you take a shower to rinse off any pollen you may have accumulated throughout the day.
- Wear a dust mask if you choose to participate in any outside chores.
- Since pollen can stick to sheets and towels make sure to dry your laundry inside.
2. Go the extra mile when pollen counts are high: Seasonal allergy symptoms have the tendency to flare up when there is a high amount of pollen in the air. Reduce your exposure by using these steps:
- Check the internet for daily pollen forecast and current pollen levels.
- If the forecast reveals that pollen counts are high, take your allergy medicine before your symptoms even start.
- Close all of the window and doors anytime pollen counts are high.
- Refrain from any outdoor activity during the early morning when pollen levels are high.
3. Keep the air in your home pollen-free: Pollen can enter your home, and when it does it can cause your symptoms to flare up. Even though there are no products that can fully eliminate pollen from your home, you can use these tips to minimize the chances of pollen accumulating.
- Use air conditioning in your home and car.
- Make sure the filters on your air conditioners are cleaned out.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the air indoors dry.
- Clean the pollen from your floors using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
4. Make sure you rinse your sinuses: Since allergic reactions usually occur in the nasal passages, make sure you’re rinsing your nasal passages with saline solution. Nasal irrigation is a fast and effective way to relieve nasal congestion because it rinses mucus and other allergens from your nose.
5. Consider using natural remedies: There are a number of alternative treatments that have been used to treat seasonal allergy symptoms. Herbal remedies like butterbur and spirulina have been used to relieve allergy symptoms and acupuncture has been proven effective for seasonal allergy symptoms as well. Make sure you speak to your doctor before trying any new alternative treatments.
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