Has the “Yellow Cloud of Doom” been keeping you locked inside with a stuffed up nose and itchy eyes?
Here are a few tips to help you fight back against pollen!
Wash your hair at night
- As soon as you come in for the day, rinse the pollen out! Especially if you use gel, mousse, or hairspray. Your skin and hair hold a lot of pollen, which can trigger allergic reactions while you sleep.
Keep your nose clean
- Your nose is like a car windshield—pollen sticks to it. Try a saline sinus rinse with a neti-pot found at any drugstore.
Soak up the calm
- Seasonal allergy (hay fever) sufferers have a more extreme reactions the day after performing a stressful task, such as giving a speech. Stress raises levels of a hormone called Cortisol, which can often lead to an amped-up allergic response. A few minutes of meditation or a soak in the tub with some Epsom Salt should help you relax.
Wear a mask
- Pick up a surgical or dust mask at any drug or hardware store. Use it when finishing up the yard work or on those windy days. It may look kind of funny, but you will get the whole seat to yourself on the bus.
Take an antihistamine
- There have never been more over-the-counter antihistamine options. Just be careful because antihistamines can make you drowsy and also dry out your nose leading to bleeding and sinus infections.
Here are a few tips to keep allergy symptoms at bay:
• Avoid the outdoors during peak pollen producing times, which are typically in the early morning or when it is extra windy.
• Keep windows and doors closed in your home, and turn on the air conditioner. Change your air conditioning filter often, at least once a month during pollen season.
• Buy HEPA filters for your home air conditioning unit, a dehumidifier (which kills pollen spores and other allergens in the air) and/or an air purifying machine.
• Shed your shoes when you enter your home. Don’t track in anymore pollen than you have to.
• Don’t let your furry friends up on your bed. I know they can be hard to resist, but their hair traps tons of the yellow stuff.
• Chow down on foods with natural antihistamine properties such as garlic, onions, citrus and apples.
• Eat 1 to 2 teaspoons of locally produced honey per day before the allergy season starts. Honey contains small amounts of pollen. Ingesting the honey will help jumpstart your immune system against the local pollen.
• Drink hot water with lemon or herbal tea, which can soothe scratchy, irritated throats.
• Some herbs, vitamins and other natural substances, such as Quercetin, Magnesium, and Vitamin C. These supplements can been helpful in relieving pollen allergy symptoms. Discuss the possibility of supplements with your doctor.