You know what THEY say…. April showers bring May flowers… AND allergies! As winter winds its way into spring, many swiftly suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and runny nose, making dreams of outdoor adventures a living nightmare.
The good news? While allergies are awful annoying, there are a ton of things you can do to put a stop to your allergy season struggles. Check out the tips below to skip the stress and feel your best!
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If you struggle with allergy symptoms, seeking guidance from a medical professional will get you on your way to getting relief. Here, your healthcare provider can help to devise a treatment option tailored to your symptoms and offer tips to avoid your triggers.
PINPOINT YOUR PERSONAL ALLERGY TRIGGERS
Knowledge is power – Take a strategic approach to managing your allergy symptoms with minimal issues, by identifying exactly what triggers them, through trial & error, tracking your symptoms or seeking support from an Allergist. Once you know what you are allergic to, you can cautiously manage exposure and work with your healthcare provider to determine if an antihistamine, homeopathic remedy or allergy shot designed to reduce allergic sensitivity to the most common environmental substances such as dust mites, mold, animal dander and pollen will work for you!
ALLERGY PROOF YOUR HOME
Allergy proofing your home is key especially if you are sensitive to pollen. In the springtime, pollen travels everywhere and ends up on everything. If possible, keep the windows in your car and home closed to get some relief. Also be sure to remove your shoes before walking into your home, wash the clothes worn that day and shower ASAP to avoid transferring any pollen that may be on you from getting on your bed or furniture.
If you’re also allergic to dust, dander or mold, wear a mask when cleaning to prevent yourself from inhaling any dust or other particles. Change your sheets at least once a week and vacuum using a vacuum with a HEPA filter (these filters can help reduce allergens).
Exercising for 30 minutes three to four times a week has been shown to help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. However, outdoor exercise can exacerbate them, inducing more bothersome symptoms or even asthma attacks. Consider moving your activity of choice indoors, when pollen counts are high & skip swimming, chlorinated water can make allergies worse. Pollen levels are usually at its highest in the afternoon and can generally be found on any standard weather report.
ADD THESE FOODS TO YOUR DIET
Fruits and vegetable are a good source of antioxidants which help to naturally fight off the inflammation that occurs when you suffer an allergic reaction. Add one or more of these foods to your diet to help boost your defense against allergens;
• Leafy green vegetables
• Green tea
• Red peppers
• Citrus fruits
• Olive Oil
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