Allergies are at an all time high in the U.S this year and is predicted to last through the summer. With pollen counts reaching extremely high volumes, this could possibly be the worst allergy season we’ve experienced in many years according to experts.
A recent on-fall of a “pollen tsunami” in combination with the mild, wet winter we’ve recently endured is believed to be the cause of spring allergies running rampant. What does this mean for us? An increase in allergens and an overload of pollen production, bad news for seasonal allergy sufferers like myself. And even worst, your puffy red eyes, stuffy nose, sinus congestion and sore itchy throat is predicted to last through the summer according to recent reports.
But fear not, below is a list of the items and techniques I used to drive away my allergy symptoms in less than a week!
ULTRASONIC COOL MIST HUMIDIFIER
Sleeping with a cool mist humidifier is great tool for allergy sufferers as it adds moisture and humidity to the air. Humidifiers also helps relieve sinus congestion, nasal congestion and dry skin.
I am currently using the Crane Mini Droplet Cool Mist Humidifier, available at target.com
Drinking lots of water and eating foods containing natural antihistamines is a great way to prevent high histamine production. Eating foods with contain high concentrations of Vitamin C, Flavonoids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids can aid in relieving common allergy symptoms.
I’ve currently incorporated more lemon water, cranberry juice, berries, pineapples, water crest, walnuts and salmon into my diet.
In addition to relieving sticky, itchy skin during the warmer temps, daily showers are also a great way to remove allergens from your skin and hair. A quick 10-minute shower will instantly remove allergens from your body and prevent them from spreading to your pillowcases, clothes and other surfaces of your home.
I currently take 2 showers a day, one in the morning to rinse away allergens from the night before and another at night before bed to wash away any allergens I picked up during the day.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
In addition to aiding in multiple other health conditions, Apple Cider Vinegar can also aid in allergy relief with it’s ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system.
I am currently mixing a teaspoon of Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Unfiltered With The ‘Mother’ into a small glass of water two times a day, once in the morning before breakfast and another at night before bed.
Honey is another great way to keep your allergies under control. It is a humectant that helps absorbs and retain moisture a quality in which can be very helpful for allergy sufferers as our skin and throat tends to become dry and lack luster during the warmer months.
I am currently adding a teaspoon of Madhava Organic Pure & Raw Honey to my tea every morning. When I on-the-go I also use Ricola Natural Honey-Herb Throat Drops another great option for soothing and lubricating a sore throat.
NATURAL ALLERGY RELIEF
If home remedies don’t seem to be working try a natural allergy relief supplement.
For those days when I want faster relief cannot wait for results, I take Hyland’s Homopathic Seasonal Allergy Relief Quick-Dissolving Tablets, an all natural non-drowsy formula for relieving the symptoms of seasonal allergies, available at your local health foods stores.
If none of the above steps work, see you doctor.
ADDITIONAL ALLERGY RELIEF TIPS
- Don’t hang your clothes to dry outside, pollen can stick to your clothes and sheets.
- Keep your windows closed in order to prevent allergens from entering your home.
- Use an AC to help keep the air indoors cool.
- Avoid going outside when pollen counts are highest, which is usually early mornings.
- Eat more spicy food, this will instantly clear up sinus congestion.
- Wear a hat to prevent pollen from landing in your hair.
- Kick off your shoes and clothes to avoid spreading allergens throughout your home.
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