(AscendHealthy.com) – Seasonal allergies can make any time of year miserable for those who suffer, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are multiple ways to battle the allergy season and still enjoy life without feeling stuffy, itchy and sneezy or dealing with watery eyes, coughing or a dry, scratchy throat. Let’s take a look at 5 tips to nip seasonal allergies in the bud.
Seasonal allergies can be a nightmare for those who suffer from them, but there are solutions that may help. Some of the options for alleviating seasonal allergies include clearing out a stuffy nose with saline solution, wearing a mask outdoors, limiting your time outside, deep cleaning your house from allergens and taking an allergy medication before exposure. Read on to find out how and why you should take these steps.
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1. Clear Out a Stuffy Nose
A stuffy nose can leave you feeling miserable and unable to breathe. You can clear your nose easily using a saline mist or rinse without using any fancy devices. A neti pot also works great for cleaning out the nose gently. Starting with a nose that isn’t already stopped up is the first step to beating seasonal allergies.
2. Stay Indoors as Much as Possible
When it’s beautiful outside, this is a tough one to consider, but staying indoors with filtered, air-conditioned air may significantly reduce your exposure to allergens. Make sure to change your air filters regularly to keep your home as free of pesky irritants as possible.
3. Take an Allergy Medication
There are several over-the-counter medications you can try for help with seasonal allergies. Antihistamines, which reduce or block the histamines that cause allergy symptoms, come in both tablet and liquid forms. Nasal corticosteroid sprays help reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms. Decongestants can help relieve nasal congestion when used in combination with antihistamines.
When choosing an OTC allergy medication, be sure to read warning labels and directions. If over-the-counter options don’t help or if you aren’t sure which products are right for your individual needs, talk to your doctor about prescription allergy medications.
4. Wear a Mask Outdoors
Wearing a mask when spending time outdoors can help alleviate some of the allergy symptoms that attack during the spring and summer. If you opt to use a mask, it’s ideal to opt for an N95 mask, since they help prevent you from breathing in particles like pollen.
5. Deep Clean Your Home
If you have allergies, you may want to take the time to do a special cleanse of your house. Get rid of things that can hold pollen and dust. Don’t bring in plants that have pollen. Avoid animal dander, too, if possible. Dust and vacuum regularly, while wearing a mask, or hire someone to clean the house on a regular basis.
If allergies don’t respond to these lifestyle changes, you might need to consider allergy injections, or immunotherapy, in order to help alleviate severe seasonal symptoms. Otherwise, these five simple ideas might make a huge difference in how you feel. There’s rarely a perfect fix for the nasty sensation that comes with seasonal allergies, but even just a few changes may help you come through the season feeling much better.
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