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With summer in full swing, we’re finally able to enjoy the beauty of full trees, vibrant flowers and lush green spaces. Great for some of us – but not so pleasant for those who continue to suffer from allergies into the hot days of summer. Due to the body’s natural response to certain allergens, the release of histamines throughout the system can really wreak havoc on a person’s outdoor fun. Grasses, trees and weeds can cause a sufferer to experience itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose, an itchy throat and even wheezing and coughing due to worsened asthma.
Not a fun situation for those who simply want to enjoy the warm summer sun with family and friends. But there are some measures that can be taken to alleviate some of those dreaded allergy symptoms. Some take some research and time, while others are simple things that can be done at home each day. After all, we all deserve an opportunity to stop and smell the flowers!
Here are a few of our top suggestions:
Become familiar with the various types of pollen allergies.
Work with your doctor to understand how various allergens are affecting you.
See an allergy specialist to be tested for specific allergens. This will help you understand when each plant type grows.
Consider receiving shots that can help desensitize the body to your particular allergens.
Set weather apps to send notifications when pollen counts are high.
Keep the windows closed to eliminate breezes from blowing pollen into your home.
Using HEPA filters in air conditioning units can help filter out pollen.
Keep your bedding washed regularly throughout the allergy season.
Neti pots or saline spray is a great way to irrigate the nasal passages.
Some herbal teas can offer relief from inflammation.
Start taking allergy medications a few weeks before allergy season begins.
Raw or local honey not only can soothe a sore throat, but it’s been shown to naturally relieve a cough or other allergy symptoms.
Fill the sink with hot, steamy water. Cover your head with a towel to trap the steam and breathe in to loosen congestion.
Find relief from the itchy nose and nasal congestion by using nasal sprays and decongestants, as needed.
Take a shower after spending time outdoors and wash all clothing to remove tiny particles that have attached to skin and fabrics.
Focus on eating a healthy diet, which can offer a great boost to the immune system overall.
Consuming extra fluids can help thin the mucus in nasal passages. Water, broth and tea are all great options.
Think about using natural products in the home when your allergy symptoms are at their worst so that you aren’t further aggravating nasal passages with harsh chemical smells.
Smoking can make things worse, so consider giving up this habit.
Keep the house clean by regularly wiping down surfaces, vacuuming and running an air purifying system.