Along with more sunshine and warm weather, spring ushers in more seasonal allergies. These can be a pain to deal with and may disrupt your ability to do normal everyday activities. We’ve compiled a list of some of the ways you can relieve your allergy symptoms.
1. Know the cause.
If you know what triggers an allergic reaction, you’ll be able to better treat your symptoms and avoid what you are allergic to. In the spring, there is usually more pollen in the air, but many people are also allergic to dust or mold.
Regardless of the trigger, most allergy symptoms are the same. Common seasonal allergy symptoms include:
– Itchy eyes and nose
– Runny nose
– Sinus congestion
These symptoms can also be due to illness such as a cold or flu. If you experience a sore throat or cough that does not go away, you should see your doctor.
2. Try allergy medicine.
Over-the-counter antihistamines can help relieve allergy symptoms. While there are several different types of antihistamines, many people find that one works better for them than another. Keep track of what works best for you.
Allergy medicine works best when it is taken before symptoms become severe. It is best to take your medication at the same time each day, even when you are not experiencing severe symptoms.
3. Try other forms of treatment.
Many people find that nasal sprays relieve allergy symptoms – especially sinus congestion or a runny nose. These can work by relieving inflammation in the sinuses, making it easier to breathe.
Using steam to clear nasal passages can also be helpful. You can do this by simply breathing in steam from a pot of boiling water, or you could use a steam machine or humidifier.
4. Have some honey.
Honey has many positive health benefits. Many people do not realize that local, raw honey can prevent allergies. It can also soothe a cough or sore throat, and it has antibacterial properties. Honey is great in a warm cup of tea, but it can also be eaten by itself.
Left untreated, seasonal allergies can prevent you from enjoying time outside in warm weather. Allergies can affect anyone, from young children to adults. Next time you start to feel symptoms of seasonal allergies, try some of the tips above.
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