While other people have the luxury of welcoming the new season in style and with open arms, you know you’re in for a rough ride. This ride often entails sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes and at times even brain fog, itchy sinuses, ear congestion and irritability. Who could blame you for being irritable when you have to avoid the outdoors and carry tons of tissues with you at all times – allergies are no picnic. Many of you are forced to resort to prescription medications or allergy shots, but you’re well–aware that this isn’t the safest way to combat allergies. While there is no known cure for them, there are luckily natural ways to keep seasonal allergies at bay, and today we’re all about the better safe than sorry approach, so lets dive in and save you from the peskiness and ensure you enjoy every minute of the new season instead.
When allergens come knocking, shut the door
Although it’s true that things like pollen, dust, mold and pet dander aren’t the real culprit behind your allergies, (it’s just your overactive immune system that reacts to them as a threat) that fact isn’t much of a consolation to you. You still need to take precautions and the first one is to steer clear of allergens as much as humanly possible.
- Shut the windows to prevent the pollen or ambrosia from paying you a visit.
- Carefully plan your own outings. The local weather report usually tells you if the day will have a high or low pollen count. Pollen counts are higher when it’s warm, dry, and windy and lower when it’s cool, rainy, and wet.
- Install an app – there are tons of them – and plan your schedule accordingly.
Clean equals safe
Every time you leave the house, upon your return:
- Make sure to shower
- Change and throw your outfit in the washer as it’s probably gathered a decent amount of allergens.
- Make sure all of your rooms – but particularly the bedroom – are impeccably clean.
- Change the sheets as often as you can
- If you have pets, don’t allow them to enter the bedroom – this room should be your safe haven. We know you love your pets, but they bring not only pollen but also pet dander, and that’s definitely not what you need.
The downside of shutting everything
Yes, closing the windows is a great way to keep pollen away, but when your home is entirely sealed, that leaves room for other allergens such as mold spores, pet dander, dust and tobacco smoke to accumulate, all resulting in your home being the worst place you can be. That is why it’s essential to invest in a great air purifier for mold, especially due to the fact that mold allergies are more often than not an all–year–round issue.
Also, to make sure your home remains a mold-free zone, check:
- The plumbing
- The roof
- The inside of your showers
- The closets
- The basement
Always look for signs of water damage on the floor and walls and if there’s any leakage, tend to it immediately.
Over to you
Now that you’ve done everything to secure your home, it’s time to focus on yourself. Unfortunately, even after you’ve taken all the precautions, allergens can still creep in, but there are ways to alleviate the symptoms. The first is a preservative-free saline spray or a saline spray that’s suitable for kids. In case of itchy eyes, use mild eye drops to diminish the itching. This works even better when you make an eye drops and cold compress combo. Keep the compress on your eyes for five minutes and the swelling is bound to subside.
Build yourself up
In order to make your body more allergy-resilient, you need to give your immune system a boost. Some of the best immune system-boosters are yogurt, oats and barley, garlic, tea, sweet potatoes and the glorious foods that are so beneficial to our health that they’ve been granted the superfoods title. Make it your mission to implement all of this into your daily nutrition and strengthen your body so it can repel every allergen that comes to attack it.