If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you know they are the actual worst. This year we’re taking control (or at least trying to) by nipping seasonal allergy suffering in the bud. Here is how we’re treating and relieving our allergies.
First things first, find the right allergy medication for you. There are a ton of options when it comes to OTC allergy medications, like an overwhelming amount of options, so let’s talk about a couple of different options. You may want to nab an antihistamine that works by blocking “histamine”, a chemical released by your immune system when your body starts to detect something harmful. Some brands like Benadryl cause drowsiness, while other brands like Claritin are considered non-drowsy, so just be aware of what you’re getting before it’s too late. If the issue lies in your eyes, and you’re experiencing bouts of sneezing and a runny nose, then a nasal steroid spray is probably just what you need to relieve the inflammation in and around your nasal passages. If OTC options aren’t doing the trick, you may need to talk to your doctor about prescription allergy meds, and they can help you figure out which one will be best for you.
While it’s not the most glamorous thing, a neti pot can be a total game-changer for seasonal allergies. Neti pots can be purchased at just about any drugstore or online and you’ll simply make a saltwater solution using packets that are typically included when you buy a neti pot, then using the pot you’ll flush your inflamed sinuses with the solution. The end result? You’ll flush all the gunk and allergens out which reduce the swelling and get rid of any nose tickles you may be experiencing.
This can be difficult when we feel like allergens are all around, but try your best to reduce your exposure to them. For instance, if it’s windy outside, try to stay indoors as much as you can, in fact, the best time to go outside is right after a good rain because rain helps clear the pollen from the air. This one hurts, especially with the changing weather, but gardening chores can really stir up allergens so try to avoid these tasks as well. If you have a pet, indoors can be tricky as well because the combination of pet dander and dust feels like it’s trying to kill you, but this is where an air purifier comes in and it will work wonders. You can get them for big spaces, small spaces, and everything in between.
Other ways you can be prepared include checking the pollen count on your weather app or local news station, if the pollen counts are high, take those allergy meds before your symptoms even start. Keep your windows and doors shut even on the nicest days if the counts are high to keep them from entering your home, vacuum your floors often, and keep your indoor air dry with a dehumidifier. Good luck out there!