Spring and summer are the favorite seasons of many; however, they pose a hidden threat. Are watery eyes, frequent sneezing, congestion and headaches making you miserable? They probably are if you are among the millions of people that experience allergies as soon as flowers bloom. As the weather warms up, pollen and other allergens make their startling appearance, and anyone prone to them will be forced to endure the unpleasant symptoms. Still, there is good news. By following a couple of tips, you may find relieve and even enjoy the warm seasons.
1. Find out your triggers
The first step towards alleviating your allergies is to know what causes them. While pollen may be one of the top allergens around, it isn’t the only one. Mold spores, pet dander, insect stings, and dust mites are also known to exacerbate the problem. You may or may not know your triggers. But getting tested to be safe is the right move. Check with an allergist and find the culprit responsible for your runny nose. Once you are certain, developing a plan to avoid it is a simple task.
2. Minimize your exposure
There are a few basic principles you can follow to minimize your exposure to allergens. For example, check out the forecast, and wear a pollen mask whenever you are mowing the lawn or handling weeds. Stay inside your home on windy days and be aware that the best time to be outside your home is after raining as the water clears the air. Moreover, take a shower after being outdoors to wash away all offending agents.
3. Inhale steam
One technique often used to relieve sinuses is to inhale some steam. By placing a towel over your head, and inhaling the trapped vapors from a pot of boiling water, the nasal passages can be cleared, and you will be able to breathe better. You can also do this in the bathroom with a hot shower.
4. Exercise often
Do you like to exercise when you have a stuffy nose? Probably not, but researchers found out that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can significantly reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. The study analyzed the data of people performing exhaustive and moderate exercise with the latter being more effective. Going to a park and jog around is ideal if the pollen forecast allows it; otherwise, jumping on a treadmill can get the job done.
5. Maintain the air clean
While it’s impossible to control the air outside, there are a lot of things you can do to keep the air inside your home and car free of allergens. Air conditioning is your friend. Use it as much as you can to reduce the chances of any contaminant getting inside. Remember to use a high-efficiency filter and make sure it’s replaced on a regular basis. Dehumidifiers are also a great help. It can diminish the amount of dust and mold in your home by keeping the air dry, making it less friendly for them. Use a vacuum with a good HEPA filter often to keep everything clean.
6. Avoid fumes
It isn’t a secret that anything that pollutes the air can make your allergies worse.
Smoke from cigarettes, fireplaces, and fumes from aerosols can create massive congestion and a stuffy nose. Avoid areas where smokers hang out such as smoker-friendly bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. If you desire to spend some time outside home, stick to smoke-free zones.
Allergens are everywhere and avoiding them is extremely difficult. But, they shouldn’t take over your life and ruin what could be the best part of the year. As long as you pay attention, know what triggers your symptoms and control your home’s air quality, you can go outside and even participate in all the fun things that spring and summer have to offer.