According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergy season typically begins in February and lasts until the early months of summer.
At the beginning of this period, the weather starts to transition from bitter cold to sunny and pleasant. This is also when the most common allergy triggers, such as grass and pollen, begin to surface.
Additionally, if spring and summer are less sunny and more rainy, plant growth increases and could possibly lead to mold – another common cause of allergies.
If you suffer through the sniffles and irritated eyes during allergy season, consider these methods for relief:
1. Limit your exposure to pollen
To avoid seasonal allergies, understand when pollen counts are highest and limit your exposure by staying inside during these times.
According to the ACAAI, pollen counts are highest in the spring and summer – tree and grass pollen season – in the evening.
During late summer and early fall – ragweed season – pollen counts are at their highest during the early morning hours.
2. Thoroughly clean your home
Inside your home is the perfect getaway when avoiding high pollen count hours, but only if it’s cleaned.
Traveling in and out of your house will likely track allergens inside, so you need to eliminate them regularly.
Good Housekeeping magazine recommended the following cleansing tips to reduce allergy triggers:
- Wash your bedding and sheets weekly, in 130-degree water.
- Sanitize your drapes, throw pillows, stuffed animals and furniture every other month.
- Scour your shower, sinks, tile surfaces and trash cans often to prevent mold.
These simple chores can neutralize allergy-causing dust mites and mold in your home.
3. Take care of your nasal passages
You know that dusting and sanitizing your home can get rid of allergens, but have you ever considered cleaning out your nasal passages?
Mike Tringale, senior vice president of external affairs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America told the Huffington Post that this can provide great relief, especially for those who deal with a stuffy nose and constant headache during allergy seasons.
So how can you take care of your nasal passages? Doni Wilson, CNS, CPM, said it’s a simple fix.
“Rinsing with a salt water solution decreases inflammation in the sinuses,” she told the Huffington Post.
You can use a nasal irrigation pot in the comfort of your own home. This tool allows you to pour salt water through one nostril, clearing out the nasal passage and flowing out the other nostril.
4. Give natural remedies a chance
Did you know that your diet can impact your allergies? According to Dr. Wilson, vitamin C is a helpful solution.
“Even something as simple as vitamin C can help,” she said. “It’s a natural antihistamine, but it’s very gentle – you need to take 500-1,000 mg., three times a day to reduce symptoms.”
“Did you know that diet can impact your allergies?”
Clifford W. Basset, MD, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, said that spices can also do the trick.
“Spices such as cayenne and chili pepper contain capsaicin, which helps reduce nasal congestion and stuffiness,” he said.
5. Try SLIT Therapy
If none of these tips worked for you, consider a new, transformative approach. Sublingual immunotherapy, also known as SLIT therapy, is a more convenient and less invasive way to receive allergy relief than using traditional vaccines and allergy shots.
What’s best is SLIT lasts for two to three years and it can be administered by you – the patient. This option is effective and available for anyone, from young children to older adults.
If you’re interested in learning more about sublingual immunotherapy, reach out to a representative from Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston today.
He or she can give you more information on SLIT therapy, and how it can provide relief for seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma or allergic conjunctivitis.
With this option, you can say goodbye to old-fashioned allergy shots, and hello to convenient, long-lasting relief.