WPG Health Update: 8 Tips for Surviving Seasonal Allergies
While spring weather is welcomed with open arms, it also means the beginning of something that affects millions of people during this time of year. Allergy season is nearly upon us and the constant sneezing and itchy/watery eyes can be unbearable at times. There are steps we can take to help prepare for the many symptoms caused by seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergy symptoms are not to be underestimated and there are measures we can take to help combat the effects they have on our health. Check out our tips on the best ways to fend of seasonal allergy symptoms.
Over the counter antihistamine eye drops can offer quick relief to itchy and watery eyes. For a more long term solution, talk to your doctor about prescription eye drops.
Decongestant nasal sprays can be purchased over the counter to help prevent nasal allergy symptoms. Prescription sprays can be used to help treat symptoms such as congestion or itchy and runny nose.
Always remember to change out of any clothing you wore during the day once you get home. The last thing you want to do is spread the allergens you came in contact with during the day throughout your home.
If you are still feeling symptoms after walking indoors, you may have pollen attached to your clothes or skin. Taking a shower after being out all day can help wash away the pollen that we come in contact with.
If you are looking for a natural treatment for some of your allergy symptoms, give honey a try. A small amount of honey can help sooth a sore throat and can be added to drinks like hot tea.
A really easy way to help ease the effect of allergies, particularly a congested nasal passage, is a saline solution. This is essentially a salt water solution that can be used to help soothe allergies affecting your upper respiratory system. Saline solutions are available in drug stores, but a combination of normal table salt and water can also do the trick.
HEPA (which stands for high-efficiency particular air) filters are designed to trap allergens in the air. If you suffer from a pollen allergy, HEPA filters can be applied to the windows on spring and summer days, stopping allergens from coming inside and setting off your allergies.
Drinking peppermint tea has been used for centuries because of its ability to open your nasal passages. Peppermint is extremely effective at easing inflammation and killing bacteria – and by drinking the tea and breathing in the vapors, you can ease congestion.