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8 Tips for Seasonal Allergy Relief

When we think of spring, we think of sunshine, nice weather, flowers blooming, and al fresco dining but for many of us this time of year might not be enjoyable due to spring allergies. You might experience hay fever symptoms of ongoing runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and itchiness that can negatively affect everyday activities.  

So, if you’re looking for some tips and advice to relieve or prevent allergy symptoms, here are some actions you can take right now: 
 

1. Keep windows closed 

If the pollen count is high in the outdoor air, keep your indoor air clean by keeping your windows and doors closed.  

But if you’d like to air out your house every now and then, use a weather app to check the daily pollen index and weather forecast for wind.  
 

2. Take a shower and change your clothes 

When you get in touch with pollen or dust, the allergens can attach to your clothes, skin and hair. If you notice your symptoms worsen after arriving home, make sure to remove your clothes and take a quick shower to wash away any allergens. Don’t forget to leave shoes at the door, too. 

3. Wear a dust mask 

As it’s become our new reality, wearing face masks can protect you from getting in contact with allergens. If your condition gets very severe, you can get N95 respirator masks what will block most of the small particles such as pollen and other allergens. Make sure to wear a mask when outdoors and also indoors when using cleaning products or paint to prevent allergy symptoms caused by chemical sensitivity. 
 

4. Use an air filter 

By installing a HEPA filter on your air-conditioning system at home, you may be able to improve the air quality in your home or main living areas. A HEPA filter removes particulate matter from the air, like pieces of pollen and dust mites. 
  

5. Remove indoor plants 

Some indoor plants and firewood may trigger allergy symptoms. If you notice that you start sneezing or coughing after bringing certain plants inside, try removing them from the home and clear the area where they were placed. 

6. Vacuum and Dust Regularly 

Surfaces in your home such as table tops, baseboards, blinds can collect dust which might trigger your allergies. Also carpets and heavy drapes can trap allergens too. Make sure to vacuum and dust at least once or twice a week to eliminate these triggers in your home.  

7. Drink more  

Allergens can cause you to feel stuffy and have a sore throat. You may get some relief by drinking more water, teas and soup. The important tip here would be to have hot liquids and get the benefit from their steam which will help to open your nasal passages and relieve symptoms.  

 

8. Rinse your nose 

A nasal rinse can clear away allergens and other irritants out of your nose and reduce allergy symptoms. You can either get rinse kits ot make your own saline rinse at home 

 

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