Be Pollen-Prepared THIS Allergy Season!
The clouds are disappearing, the days are growing longer and the flowers are beginning to bloom: spring is one of the most beautiful times, but along with it comes a surge in pollen counts and the dreaded ensuing allergies for many of us.
The runny nose, sneezing episodes, itching and congestion that fills your life with misery if you suffer from hay fever is a result of oversensitivity of your body’s immune system: that’s right, your defence forces work a little too well.
However, hay fever season isn’t all doom and gloom. Thankfully, there are a range of precautions you can take to minimise the extent of your symptoms this allergy season, and perhaps even avoid flare ups altogether.
1) Wash your hair in the evenings:
After a wonderful day of frolicking outdoors, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is getting your hair wet—nobody likes a wet pillow, right? Unfortunately, when the pollen count is high it is likely that a bunch of those pesky particles will end up not only on your clothes, but trapped in your hair- particularly if it’s long. Whipping out the shampoo and giving your hair a wash should do the trick, to make sure you’re not sneezing til the sun comes up!
2) Spring cleaning!
Nope, it’s not just for the old fashioned! Spring cleaning is an important part of making sure that there are minimal irritants inside your living areas—after all, home is meant to be the place you’re most protected! Ensuring your bed linen is changed at least once a week is also a vital part of reducing your risk of hay fever misery this springtime—so get your Disney on and have a clean!
3) Eat spicy foods
This sounds like a funny one—but it actually works. Many spices are naturally anti-inflammatory, reducing the severity of horrible symptoms such as itching and congestion in your nose and in some cases, throat. Turmeric is a natural antihistamine (Histamines are the chemicals responsible for the inflammatory response). Fresh ginger is particularly good for relief!
4) Chamomile Tea
If you’re in particular grief and can’t get through the day, this tea is a great temporary fix to calm those symptoms down. Acting as an antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (yep, a lot of anti-s) chamomile tea is great for reducing swelling and discomfort. Swollen red eyes can be helped with a chamomile teabag compress.
5) Salt Water Nasal Washes
If your nose is more ticklish than Elmo, a nasal wash might be the way to go. Putting a low concentrate saline solution in a neti pot or similar, that is then poured through one nostril to flush out your nasal cavities through the other can decongest your nose. The pollen irritating your nose will also be washed out at the same time—bingo!
There you have it—these are some simple, drug-free ways to protect yourself from allergies this season. If your symptoms are severe, you might want to consider some of the antihistamine medications usually available over the counter at chemists—ask your doctor which one is best for you.
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