Spring – the season of fresh sunshine, beautiful emerging greenery…and bothersome allergies. While spring brings many reasons to be happy, it also causes a hassle for people who suffer from seasonal allergies and other sinus issues. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), roughly 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. If you have itchy eyes, headaches, and sinus pressure when the leaves turn green again, these tips can help you manage.
It is best to keep pollen outside as much as possible. When you come inside, leave your shoes and jackets at the door, which will keep you from spreading lingering pollen throughout the house.
Keep windows closed. Even in nice weather, allergens still sneak inside. Make sure you also dust your ceiling fans often, as dust can collect on the blades.
Pollen count changes daily, so check in with your local weather app or online to view the count by day in your area. You will be prepared to handle a heavy amount of pollen ahead of time and help prevent unwanted sneezing.
Seasonal allergies will often make your throat itch or feel sore. This comes from the post-nasal drip caused by nasal congestion. Herbal teas will help ease this and keep you hydrated, making it easier for your body to get rid of mucus.
Try antihistamines like Claritin or Allegra. These over-the-counter medications work by blocking the effects of histamines in the body, bonding to histamine receptors, and preventing the cells from releasing a chemical message signaling the onset of coughing, sneezing, and itching. Natural antihistamines like Vitamin C also work well.
These remedies can help prevent uncomfortable seasonal allergies, but if you are experiencing constant and unbearable effects from seasonal allergies, talk to your doctor about the best prevention methods and treatment plans for you.