Seasonal Allergies

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When you have seasonal allergies, simply setting foot outdoors can feel like a daunting task. Pollen becomes a problem from the moment the snow starts melting at the end of winter and can remain at varying heights for months. Thankfully, there is hope for allergy sufferers.
 
Minimize Exposure
The easiest way to decrease allergy suffering is to minimize your exposure to allergy triggers. This includes:

 

  • – staying indoors when pollen counts are high
  • – consider placing a small amount of petroleum jelly on the inside of your nose
  • – keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
  • – vacuum and dust your home regularly
  • – wear a mask when performing outdoor chores

 
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid all contact with pollen and other allergy triggers, especially as the seasons change. That’s when you need to turn to other remedies.
 
Home Remedies that Work
There are several things that you can try to reduce the effect that seasonal allergies have on your ability to function. Your goal is to reduce symptoms as much as possible to make it easier for you to get through the spring, summer, and fall months with your busy lifestyle intact. Many people prefer to do this without using even over the counter medications. There are several things that you can try to achieve this effect:

 

  • – Take a tablespoon of local honey every day. Regular consumption of honey can reduce the effects of allergic reactions to seasonal sources in some individuals.
  • – Increase your yogurt consumption. A recent wave of research at Vanderbilt suggests that increasing the amount of probiotics in your diet can decrease the severity of seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • – Rinse out your nasal passages with a salt water solution. A neti pot is a great tool to use for this purpose.

 
Try Over the Counter Medications

Many people are reluctant to take antihistamines or other over the counter allergy medications. There are, however, times when this is the best possible solution to seasonal allergy symptoms. If home remedies and avoiding triggers aren’t working for you, consider adding a nasal steroid or antihistamine to your regular routine. For the best over the counter solution, discuss potential side effects and the most effective type of medication with your doctor.