Raise your hand if your seasonal allergies are plaguing you with a vengeance! Ugh. The pollen here is out of control. Literally everything is covered in the neon yellow powder that signals the arrival of spring. It also signals itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, post-nasal drip, and fatigue, which are no one’s idea of a good time.
How do you manage the nasty side effects of the spring season? Staying inside and away from nature isn’t always a viable option, so here are five ways our household copes with seasonal allergies.
Once again, water makes the top of the list for ways to manage seasonal allergies. Drinking water helps flush toxins out of the body, as well as keep your body functioning at its best. When you feel those allergies start creeping in, increase your water intake to help fight back.
Make Use of Saline Rinses
While the delivery method is anything but appealing, saline rinses are great for lubricating the sinuses, and helping to relieve pressure and congestion. Saline sprays, the netipot, and the Sinugator (our device of choice), are all great options for powering through the worst of allergy season.
Take Medication if Needed
I personally hate taking medication, but relief is important, and there’s no need to suffer. When seasonal allergies flare, take your meds to ease some of those most debilitating symptoms. You don’t want to end up with a sore throat or a sinus infection because these seemingly minor ailments were left unchecked and untreated. Remember, some allergy medications can make you drowsy, so plan accordingly.
Use Local Honey
Local honey is famous for its ability to diminish the effects of irritating allergies. Stock up at your nearest farmer’s market, and then treat yourself to a spoonful a day. Take it straight from the spoon, stir into tea, or drizzle on fruit for yogurt.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but exercise can help alleviate allergy irritation. Even though you may think you should rest, if you’re feeling well enough, a solid workout can help increase blood circulation, which may help move allergens through your body a little more quickly. If you are down with a pounding sinus headache and a brutal post-nasal-drip cough, take a pass, but otherwise, feel free to get your fitness on.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? How do you cope?
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