Friday, September 1, 2017

5 Tips to dealing with seasonal allergies

It never fails. Every fall I experience a bout of seasonal allergies that leaves me congested, itching my eyes, and constantly sneezing. I only get allergies in the fall and only in the past 5 years or so has this been happening. I had never had allergies before now so it has taken some time to get used to. Over the past few years, I have found some solutions to dealing with my seasonal allergies that you may find helpful too.
  1. Avoid things that trigger your allergies. This is a no-brainer and if you are aware of what is causing your allergies to flare up, you will likely avoid it at all costs. However, this is not always the case. You may have no idea what it is that is causing your congestion or itchy, watery eyes Short of going and getting an allergy test, it can even be challenging to discover what is causing the symptoms you are experiencing.
  2. Check pollen counts when you check the weather. Just like you (probably) check the weather every day, be sure to check out the pollen counts for the day as well. If the pollen count is high, try to limit your time outdoors and take your allergy medication before leaving the house in the morning.
  3. Keep your windows closed. While it may save you money on electricity to open your windows in your house, the outside air can penetrate your home and cause you to experience a severe allergic reaction. Try your best to keep the windows closed and when too hot, use a fan or the air conditioning. The key is to limit your exposure to the outdoor air that is causing you to react in an unpleasant way.
  4. Strive to keep the air you breathe clean. This can be quite tricky but it is important to strive to keep the air you breathe in your home as clean as possible. Vacuum, clean your air ducts, rid the home of pet dander and fur regularly, and eliminate dirt as much as possible. It is a good idea to invest in a humidifier to help keep the air fresh and when vacuuming, use an appliance that offers a HEPA filter.
  5. Research and try new things. While not every treatment will work for every person, there are a variety of methods out there that could work for you. Next time you experience a problem with your allergies, be sure to read about cures here as you may find a new remedy to try.

Whether you have battled seasonal allergies all your life or they are a new addition to your life, there are ways to mitigate the symptoms you are experiencing as well as prevent them from happening. What do you find to be helpful in combatting pesky seasonal allergies?

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