10 Tips for Surviving Seasonal Allergies
Hello friends, Hubby and I have been experiencing a tough round of seasonal allergies this year. We wake up feeling “all gunked up” and in addition, I often have “frog eyes”, a term I have used for years when allergies make my eyes puffy (smile). No offense intended to frogs or frog lovers (smile). But it is not a good look on me.
I’m sure many of you can relate. So, if you have been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, here are a few tips I’ve found helpful for surviving allergy seasons.
Seasonal allergies are usually caused by molds or three types of pollen: trees, grass, and weeds. They’re called “seasonal allergies” because each type of pollen has a season where they’re most potent. The severity of allergies (which is how our immune system reacts to harmless substances, like pollen or mold) varies for each person. This post is not intended to provide medical diagnosis or care. Please consult your health care provider regarding your seasonal allergies.
- Tip 1- Stay inside if pollen counts are high. Pollen counts are higher in the morning and on warm and windy days.
- Tip 2- Close windows and doors. I know it seems like a simple thing to do but it helps.
- Tip 3- Keep your home free of dust. Consider using a disposable dust cloth or wand that dust adheres to. Vacuum every day.
- Tip 4- Bathe or shower at night. Pollen can stick to your clothes, skin, and hair, it’s important to wash away the irritants before you climb into bed.
- Tip 5- Purchase an air purifier with a highly rated HEPA filter and use it in your bedroom (keep the door closed). The Okaysou AirMic4S Medical Grade Air Purifier for Home Allergies is a good one to try. You can read my product review HERE.
- Tip 6- Keep track of pollen counts. Check your local news or a trusted weather app for pollen forecasts and pollen levels in your area. This is helpful if you are considering any outdoor yard work or activities.
- Tip 7- Over the counter allergy medication, or homeopathic (herbal remedies, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, etc.) can be a big help too. Please speak with your health care provider before using any new medication or natural remedies.
- Tip 8- Rinse your sinuses using a neti pot or use a squeeze bottle (follow directions for use) of a pre-mixed saline solution. Available at pharmacies and health food stores.
- Tip 9- Try using essential oils. Peppermint, basil, and eucalyptus boost the immune system.
- Tip 10- Have a cup of tea. I don’t need an excuse to drink tea, it runs through my veins. ( smile) Peppermint, ginger, and green tea contain bioflavonoids that block the release of histamines.
Really great tips! This has been an especially bad allergy season for me this year, too.
Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says
Didn’t think about it sticking to me all day. Yes, it does bother me in the spring. We have two kinds of trees that toss out pollen one after the other. Believe me, the windows stay closed or everything in the house would be covered in yellow-green!