Allergy Relief: Nothing to Sneeze At
When spring is in full bloom, today’s allergy sufferers have a wealth of treatment options to choose from, including more holistic and all-natural remedies than before.
It’s common to cope with seasonal allergies by avoiding extended time outdoors during windy or high pollen count days, but don’t neglect some simple things you can do at home or on-the-go.
- Fight Allergies in your Sleep—Wash your Pillows! “People will spend $1,000 on home air filters but not wash their pillows,” said allergist and immunology expert Dr. Steven Rubinstein with Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Mountain View. He recommends washing pillows monthly, or placing allergy covers over pillows for greater protection.
- Stay Hydrated. Bring on the water—lots of it. Drinking plenty of water helps thin mucous and clear the body of irritants.
- Don’t Leave Home without Nasal Spray. Keep your saline nasal spray with you and use it if you have a sudden onset of symptoms. Regular rinses (once or twice a day) can flush away allergens, reduce nasal symptoms and help prevent infection. After recent consumer warnings by the FDA, see how to use a Neti Pot safely.
- Install HEPA Filters in Bedrooms. High-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA filters) can trap common household pollutants and allergens, such as dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander.
- Get Some R&R. Stress makes allergies worse and can cause immune systems to get out of balance.
Before turning to anti-histamines or allergy shots, talk with your doctor to understand what’s causing your reaction—you may be surprised by what you find out. See more holistic approaches to allergy relief.
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