Keep Pollen at Bay This Spring

Posted Apr 4, 2014 | Posted in Health & Wellness, Miscellaneous

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With spring here, allergy season is just around corner. Cue the sneezing, watery eyes, coughing and itching.  But don’t let pollen force you inside! If you practice some of these prevention efforts and keep pollen at bay this spring, you should be able to enjoy the warm weather with minimal symptoms. And if that doesn’t work, there are plenty of treatment options to help relieve your symptoms.

Prevention

It’s very important to keep your windows and doors closed, and replace your air conditioner filter at least once a month during pollen season. When you get home, take off your shoes as soon as possible. You will avoid bringing a lot of pollen into the house if everyone in the family does this. And if you have pets, try to rinse the pollen off them before they come in from outside. Also try introducing your body to pollen early by adding local honey into your diet. This may seem strange but over time your body will get used to the allergens and become immune.

Treatment

If prevention efforts don’t work and you still find yourself suffering from allergies, your doctor can usually prescribe medication to help. You can also try some at-home treatments to relieve symptoms. Many people swear by using a neti pot, which involves pouring a warm saltwater solution into your nostrils to clear them out. You can also try taking a steaming hot shower or bath. The hot steam enters your nasal passages easily and breaks up mucus. To help with an irritated throat, try drinking hot water with lemon or herbal tea. You should also try to eat foods that are a natural anti-inflammatory including salmon, olive oil, walnuts, dark leafy greens, ginger, tomatoes, garlic, berries, and green tea.

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Medications

There are many over-the-counter medications that can reduce allergy symptoms. Antihistamines like Benadryl or Claritin are usually effective. You may also need to try eye drops, nasal sprays or decongestants to treat specific symptoms. If these common treatments aren’t working, you should visit your doctor to talk about other options.

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