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How To Ease Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Spring is such a beautiful season, but for millions of people worldwide, it brings a special kind of frustration: seasonal allergies and the super-annoying symptoms they cause : runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, excessive sneezing, coughing, eye and nose irritation, and for some people even difficulty breathing. The symptoms are not only annoying and uncomfortable but for some people are so severe that they can impair their normal day-to-day functioning and disrupt their regular activities. Here are a few tips that can help you ease your symptoms, and go through this time of the year with less discomfort and disruption.
1. Take Showers More Often and Especially Wash Your Hair
Pollen is not only present in the air, it also has a strong tendency to cling to skin, clothes, and hair. So during this season, it is especially important to wash your hands a lot more often, take more frequent showers, wash your hair regularly (your hair is a huge pollen magnet), and change your clothes immediately when you return home from outside.
2. Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses can work like a pretty good barrier for stopping the pollen from getting in contact with your eyes. Of course, not everyone likes wearing sunglasses, and some people find them annoying and don’t like them as a fashion accessory but for the sake of reducing seasonal allergy symptoms and avoiding itchy, irritated, watery and swollen eyes, it is pretty worth it.
3. Put Some Olive Oil or Vaseline Inside Your Nose
Putting some Vaseline or olive oil in your nostrils can help you trap a lot of the pollen that gets inside your nose. But it’s very important to remember to wipe your nostrils after some time to remove the buildup of pollen (that gets stuck in the Vaseline and the oil).
4. Take Anti-Allergy Medicine
Non-sedating over-the-counter anti-histamine medications like Claritin can help a lot with reducing the symptoms that allergies produce. However before taking this medicine, (or any kind of medicine for that matter) it is wise to consult your doctor first in case of possible adverse reactions (even though Claritin it’s harmless for most people).
5. Avoid Drying Your Clothes Outside
You don’t want pollen to settle on your washed and clean clothes, so dry them in a clothes-dryer instead of line-drying them.
6. Avoid going outside when it’s windy and dry
Windy weather spreads pollen all over the place so if you are suffering from pollen allergies you should try your best to stay inside in such days. Pollen concentrations in the air are also higher in dry weather, because moisture weighs down the pollen on the ground.
7. Keep Your Car Clean
It’s wise to keep your car in the garage to avoid pollen from settling on it. (by the way pollen can also damage the paint and corrode the body of your car). However if you notice a pollen buildup on your car it’s best to wash it.
8. Avoid Playing with Your Pets, at Least for Pollen Season
Pet fur similarly to the human hair is also a great magnet for pollen. So if you have pets and like petting them often, expect a lot of sneezing and irritation afterwards. Remember to wash your hands after playing with your pets and also, wipe and bathe your pets more often and don’t let them spend too much time outside, at least for this season.
9. Wash Your Face, Splash and Rinse Your Eyes
When you get itchy eyes, if you have a chance, splash them with a lot of water and rinse them to remove the pollen from them. Also, wash your whole face to avoid spreading pollen to your eyes and nose as much as possible. If you have long hair keep your hair in a ponytail to avoid the pollen on your hair spreading on your eyes and face.
10. Keep the Window Rolled up While Driving
Avoiding the adversary reactions to pollen while driving is especially important because the allergy symptoms can be distracting and even put your life in danger by significantly diminishing your ability to pay attention to the road and the surroundings. So while driving it’s best to avoid exposure to pollen as much as possible and if you are feeling hot just turn on the air cooler but keep the windows rolled up. If you have difficulty staying free of pollen allergy symptoms maybe the best thing you can do is avoid driving during this season.