The Easiest Way To Relieve Allergy Symptoms
During the winter months, it is easy to forget about the hardships of summer and what the season does to your allergies. As the season progresses and pollen counts rise, so do your symptoms, leaving many in agony wondering what they can do to get a little relief.
Well, you’re in luck, we have some answers for those who suffer most with seasonal allergies, and finding relief may be easier than you think, just follow theses steps!
Start treating your clothes
Get the pollen off of your clothes. The clothes you wear outside will get covered in pollen that you cannot see, so either by changing clothes or removing the pollen that you picked up with a quick wipe down, will alleviate many of your symptoms.
Rinse your hair regularly
Your hair, like your clothes, collect pollen, causing your hay fever symptoms to worsen. Just by rinsing your hair (not washing with shampoo) daily, you will remove any pollen buildup that you have gotten.
Keep pets clean
This may not be something that you think out every day, but just like you, your pets can pick up pollen outside. The problem is, humans, don’t clean their pets as often as they clean themselves, so a lot of the time you may think that you are allergic to the animal, when you are allergic to the pollen they have picked up on their fur. Washing your pet more frequently can reduce your symptoms.
Choose the right sunglasses
Keeping pollen out of your eyes can be very effective for those who suffer itchy eye symptoms during allergy season. A good wrap around pair of sunglasses can reduce the amount of pollen that reaches your eyes.
Not smoking is common sense, and as hard as it may be to quit, for allergy relief, it is a must. Cigarette smoke will irritate the lining of your airways and make your allergies worse.
Head for the Beach
Those who live in big cities are often affected more by symptoms of hay fever than those who live in the country. The place where you are least likely to suffer seasonal allergies is at the beach. The pollen is blown inland by the sea air and stays away fro you.
Eat a spicy meal
According to Dr. Adam Simon, Chief Medical Officer at Push Doctor “Spicy chili peppers can help to widen your airways and make it easier to breathe, while other spices, such as turmeric, are natural anti-inflammatories that will help relieve your symptoms.”
Re-assess your diet
Choose foods with the flavonol called quercetin. These foods suppress histamines, so eat lots of berries, green vegetables, beans, and apples. You also need to eat foods rich in beta-carotene, such as carrots, yellow fruit, and omega 3 (oily fish) and spinach. These foods will soothe a blocked nose, and ease painful sinuses.
Swap your morning coffee
During allergy season, try giving up your coffee for tea. Coffee isn’t an allergy trigger, but it doesn’t do anything to alleviate your symptoms, whereas, herbal and nettle teas both have antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
Avoid food and drink that produces histamine
Out of all of the tips on this list, avoiding foods with histamines is probably the hardest, but Dr. Simons explains the need this way, “‘Histamine is the chemical your body produces in response to infection. It causes swelling that protects your body, but in hay fever sufferers, it’s released when it’s not needed.” By eating foods that contain histamines, it is more than your body can handle.
The foods to stay away from are: cured and smoked meat, pickles, fish, cheeses, and nuts. You also need to monitor which fruits you eat, including most citrus, and fruits like kiwi, and plums. Any fruit that is tangy will most likely contain histamine.