5 Tips for Controlling Your Seasonal Allergies
A runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and more are just a few of the annoying symptoms of allergies. Depending on how severe your allergies are, they can be almost debilitating. Trying to live life through blurry eyes and constant sneezing isn’t easy. While there are some things you can do to decrease the annoyance and pain of allergies, there is no way to escape allergens completely. In this article, we are going to talk about five tips for controlling your season allergies.
1) Keep Pollen Out of Your Home
Seasonal allergies feel like they put the breaks on your life. While you may want to zip yourself inside a bubble, you have to be realistic. Keeping pollen out of your home may not be possible, but there are some things you can do to keep pollen to a minimum.
There comes a time when you look outside and see that your car has changed from its normal color to a slight yellow tint. Pollen loves to cling to anything it can find. If you have a garage, you should keep your car inside as much as possible to avoid pollen collection. If you don’t have a garage then rising your car off from time to time will help you combat the yellow tint.
When you enter your house, wipe your shoes off at the door. Take off any outerwear and leave it with your shoes in a specific area.
Emptying your vacuums should be done outside. When you empty vacuums inside your home, you are allowing some of the debris to stay inside.
2) Medicate Before Things Get Bad
Waiting until you feel allergy symptoms before you medicate yourself won’t give you the best results. When allergy season approaches, you can start to medicate to keep symptoms at bay. While you may only start to feel mild symptoms in the beginning, it doesn’t take long for things to get worse. Whether you start to medicate on a certain date or when you start feeling the onset of allergies, you need to have a plan in place. Having a plan in place will allow you to minimize the time you deal with allergies and the severity allergies that you face.
3) Say Bye to Rugs
While your rugs may look nice, they are a magnet for allergens. Dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander and any other kind of allergen you can think of love to hang out in rugs. Allergens are antigens that cause you to have allergic reactions like coughing and sneezing if you have a hypersensitive immune system. Rugs often contain 100 times more allergies than hard flooring. If you must have a rug in your home, the less shaggy your rug is, the better it will be. The shaggier your rug is, the more places there are for allergens to hide.
4) Irrigate Your Nasal Passageways
Nasal passageway irrigation may not look or feel the best, but it can help you with allergies. Whether you use a pot to put a solution through your nasal passageway or if you squirt a solution, doing something is better than doing nothing. Flushing out mucus and allergens can make a world of different in how you feel when fighting seasonal allergies. When you are irrigating your nasal passageway make sure to keep your mouth open and stay still as you go through the process.
5) Shower Before Sleeping
You might be a morning shower person, but showering before bed is important. Throughout the day you’ve collected plenty of allergens on your body. You may think changing your clothes is going to be enough to keep allergens at a minimum, but they are on your skin and in your hair. Your hair is one of the main places that allergens love to hide. If you don’t wash your hair, you are inviting allergens into your bed. When you sleep with allergies throughout the night, you won’t have a good night’s sleep.
In additions to keeping allergens at bay, taking a shower before your bed will allow you to relax and get into a better mindset for sleep. When you deal with seasonal allergies, getting good rest is important. Your body is going through a lot so make sure to be kind to it.
Bonus Tip – Be Picky About Outdoor Exercise
Pollen levels are going to differ from day to day and even throughout the day. If you love to exercise outside or spend time outside in general, you need to know where pollen levels are before you get started. If you have severe allergies, you might opt to stay inside and exercise on a machine instead of going outdoors. If you want to exercise outside during allergy season, one of the best times to do this is after it rains when pollen counts are usually low. Even though it might feel nice outside when it is sunny and warm without much humidity, these days have high pollen counts. While you can try to avoid pollen, you can never truly escape it. You can only do your best.
Allergy season doesn’t have to ruin your life. There are developments taking place that will allow you to predict your health so that you can properly treat yourself before health challenges occur. The more you understand how allergies affect you and what you can do to keep from experiencing painful side effects, the less you have to dread allergy season.