It’s been a rough start to 2020. We’ve been cooped up not only due to weather, but also because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused governors across the country to issue stay-at-home orders. While enjoying the great outdoors was never prohibited, many were reluctant to join others on bike paths, in state parks and at other outdoor recreational places.
There is no better place to be than outside, soaking up the sunshine, connecting with the earth and enjoying some fresh air. And with the weather finally starting to warm up and stay-at-home orders slowly being lifted, more and more people are venturing out.
That is until … your eyes start to itch and water, your nose starts to run, sneezing becomes uncontrollable and a sinus headache kicks in. It’s allergy season and the pollen counts are at a high. Even those who don’t typically suffer from seasonal allergies are experiencing pollen’s effects. But don’t head back indoors just yet. There are actions you can take that will allow you to enjoy your time outside without suffering through the discouraging symptoms of allergies. Of course, if your symptoms include a fever, cough, loss of taste or smell, or you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, be sure to check in with your doctor. Otherwise, try a few of our tips, below.
Get plenty of sleep. Allergies can make us feel fatigued due to lack of sleep and the release of chemicals.
Apple cider vinegar can help break up mucus and offers a boost to the immune system.
Keep the nasal passages cleared out with saline spray or a nasal irrigation treatment.
Honey and hot tea can help soothe a scratchy throat and break up mucus.
Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your immune system, so practice ways to reduce stress levels to better deal with allergies and illness.
Consider how a chiropractor can help release stress and promote a better functioning immune system.
Some essential oils can help with congestion, fight inflammation and offer a boost to the immune system.
Keep the house free from dust and pollen, and use an air purifier.
If the pollen count is high, keep windows and doors closed to protect inside air.
Change your clothes and wash up after spending time outdoors. Tiny allergens can easily be brought indoors.
Masks are a normal part of our daily routine now and they can offer support for allergy suffers since they block small particles like pollen from being breathed in.
Increase your fluids to thin mucus.