Springtime is always such a joyous season- the birds are chirping, the temperatures are rising, and the flowers are blooming. With those pretty blooms come pollen. Cue runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat- allergy season can truly ruin springtime fun for many people.
With these 5 quick allergy survival tips you will no longer have to “suffer” through allergy season.
Tip #1: Treat yourself, to a good quality HEPA Filter
Buy a “True HEPA filter”, a HEPA air filter, High-efficiency particulate arresting, actually traps 99.97% of particles smaller than 0.3 µm. Many of these particles trapped are the same pollens and allergens that cause environmental allergies. Having a HEPA filter in the home can greatly reduce allergy symptoms. It is recommended to have the HEPA filter in the room where you sleep.
Tip #2: Take off those shoes and vacuum!
We are walking allergens right into our homes with the shoes on our feet…literally. A good practice not only to reduce allergy symptoms, but also to reduce environmental toxins is to take off your shoes when entering the home. Vacuuming is not only useful for making those nice, neat lines in the carpet but a high quality vacuum can greatly reduce dust particles and allergens in the home. Vacuuming should be done at least once a week.
Tip #3: Irrigate the sinuses- Neti Pot – it works
Not many people jump at the opportunity to pass water through their nasal passages but once you go Neti you never go back! A Neti Pot is a very inexpensive and effective way to reduce allergy symptoms. If you would like more information about how to use a Neti Pot and safety information use this link here.
Tip #4: Nature’s Benadryl- Quercetin
Quercetin has often been referred to as nature’s Benadryl. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that helps to decrease the allergic responses in the body. Other supplements to consider are zinc, vitamin C, stinging nettle, and Licorice root. Talk to your physician before considering taking any of these supplements.
Tip #5: Pets- the silent carriers of pollen
Pets can often be carriers of allergens and pollens from the environment. Consider wiping down your furry friend when entering the home.
There are many more natural ways to fight those pesky pollens so schedule your appointment today with Dr. Elisse Evans, ND.
928 Garden St. Ste 1
Santa Barbara, CA