If you are among the one in five Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, now is about the time you start suffering endless sneezing and stuffy noses. And whether your symptoms are mild or bad enough that they keep you awake at night and miserable all day long, you will want to do what you can to find relief.
The biggest trigger is pollen as trees and plants release these tiny grains into the air and you breathe them in. Privis Health, your digital healthcare provider, offers tips that will help you with allergies this spring.
Head to the Drugstore
You will want to head to the drugstore and stock up on things you need to battle your allergy symptoms. Antihistamines can tackle itching and sniffles, decongestants help with your stuffy and runny nose and eye drops help with itchy eyes.
Get a Humidifier
Dry air is bad for your allergies because it tends to irritate your nasal passages and could lead to a sinus infection. Dry air also causes your body to produce more mucus than necessary, which keeps you stuffed up.
A humidifier keeps the air moist and helps keep your nasal passages clear.
Take Your Shoes Off
When you get home from work or after you have been doing anything outside, take your shoes off and leave them by the front or back door. In fact, it is a good idea to change out your clothing for something fresh if you have been involved in outdoor activities. In doing so, you avoid repeated exposure to pollen that may be clinging to your shirt and shoes.
It is also a good idea to wash frequently during allergy season, just like you should be doing during flu season. It also makes sense to take a shower after spending any amount of time outdoors.
Close the Windows
As good as that cool breeze floating through your house feels, it is likely full of pollen. Keep the windows and doors of your home shut. Should it get too warm inside, make good use of your air conditioner.
It will be quite difficult to spend the entire spring inside, especially on beautiful days that you might wish to enjoy outdoors. But you should at least stay inside on days when pollen counts are high and on days that are windy.
Wear a Mask
You might not like the fashion statement you give while wearing a mask, but you will suffer fewer allergy symptoms.
The person who suffers from allergies shouldn’t be the one who mows the lawn, trims the trees and cleans out the gutters. Leave the outdoor work for those who don’t suffer allergies while those who sniffle and sneeze take care of the indoor chores.
It makes sense to invest in a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and you should consider running the vacuum quite often, possibly even once a day.
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