Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies every spring? While most people are celebrating the warmer weather and longer days, you’re left sniffling, sneezing, and coughing your way through the week.
The good news is that you don’t have to be miserable. There are some practical ways to find relief without medicating yourself.
Try These 4 Tips for Relief
Is there anything worse than seasonal allergies? As soon as the weather warms, you know it’s coming. You might feel fine one day and be totally overcome the next. And while we aren’t promising a solution that will miraculously heal you, we do have a handful of tips that have helped thousands of other allergy sufferers improve their situations.
Check them out and see what you think!
- Wash Hands and Hair Frequently
When you walk around outside during the day, pollen sticks to your body. Even if you can’t see it, pollen is accumulating in your hair and on your hands. If you simply come inside at the end of the day and go to bed, you’re going to transfer that pollen to your furniture and bedding.
After coming inside for the day, you should immediately shower and wash your hair. (For men, this includes facial hair.) If you find yourself going in and out frequently throughout the day, try wearing a hat and leaving it outside the door.
- Keep Windows and Doors Closed
Your home is your defense when it comes to battling seasonal allergies. If you can keep pollen and other irritants out of your home, then you stand a much better chance of fighting off your allergies.
While it may be tempting to turn off your central air, open up windows and doors, and let the warm breeze flow through your home, it’s not the smartest or healthiest choice. All you’re doing is allowing pollen to enter your home and settle on countertops, sofas, remote controls, bedding, and other materials that you interact with on a regular basis.
- Clean the House Properly
No matter how much you try to keep pollen and other allergens out of your home, it’s impossible to keep your house sterile. In addition to pollen, things like dust, pet hair, dander, and fungus spores can accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your home.
In addition to conducting a spring cleaning, you should invest in a vacuum cleaner that expels dirt and particles down a drain, rather than one that releases soiled air back into the home. A central vacuum is a good solution.
- Recirculate Air in the Car
One mistake a lot of allergy sufferers make is driving with the car windows down or leaving the air system on the normal intake setting. In both of these situations, you’re just welcoming pollen into your vehicle. While leaving the car windows up is an obvious tip, here’s one you might not know about: recirculate the air in your car. By recirculating instead of using the vent, you can keep the air clean and breathe a little easier.
Get Relief Today
You don’t have to suffer through the entire spring feeling like a miserable victim. While some people’s allergies are worse than others, there are ways to treat symptoms (and deal with the underlying causes) that don’t involve medication that leaves you feeling groggy and disengaged.
The tips referenced in this article should give you a pretty good idea of what you can do to better enjoy your spring.