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Surprising Ways to Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies

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Surprising Ways to Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies

Itchy eyes, runny rose and constant sneezing are some of the many symptoms associated with allergies. For many people, the changing of the seasons brings many allergy triggers; pollen being one of them. Try to avoid being in an environment surrounded by plants, animals and dust.

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Plant a low allergy garden

“You don’t have much control on vegetation outside of your own garden, but in your own garden you can choose plants which are less likely to cause seasonal allergies,” says Max Wiseberg, airborne allergies expert and creator of the HayMax organic allergen barrier balm. “Grasses (including lawns) should be avoided as they are always wind pollinated and therefore can produce large clouds of pollen.” Instead, choose plants with large flowers that are pollinated by insects – these have heavier pollen which rarely becomes airborne. Make sure to keep weeds down, as nettle, dock and especially ragweed can cause lots of problems for seasonal allergy sufferers in the fall, he adds.

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A fresh pillow case

If there were ever a reason to have a fresh pillow case every day, this is it. “During the pollen season, pollen inevitably ends up in the home, through open windows, doors, and clothing and even on pet’s fur,” Wiseberg says. “A fresh pillow case right before bed will mean you sleep better.”

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Wash/brush your pets regularly

“They may hate you for it, but cat and dog fur is perfect for trapping pollen,” Wiseberg says. “When they walk into your home, they’re walking pollen bombs! Give them a bath, and brush regularly to reduce pollen.” Aim to have a pet and pollen free zone in your home, preferably the bedroom, he adds.

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Dry clothes indoors, rather than on a clothes line

Wiseberg says that although it seems obvious, you’d be surprised at how few allergy sufferers are aware of this. “Dry clothes outside on a high pollen count day, and you’re asking for trouble. The clothes act as a perfect pollen trap. Before you know it, wardrobes are full of pollen."

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Spicy food

“If Thai tickles your taste buds, then load up on ginger as it acts as a natural decongestant,” Wiseberg says. “Turmeric is a renowned anti-inflammatory, so [it] may help to relieve congestion. Chillies? Clear those sinuses!”

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Lay off the booze

Alcohol contains histamine, the chemical also in your body which, when prompted by an allergen (pollen in this case), causes your body to react with symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, wheezing and itching,” Wiseberg says. “More histamine, more symptoms.”

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Get a good night’s sleep

“Not so surprising, this one. After all, quite a lot of life’s problems seem somewhat less problematic after a good night’s sleep,” Wiseberg says. It’s just one of the things that can really help manage your allergy symptoms. “A UK study showed that people who slept at least 7 hours a night suffered significantly milder symptoms than those who slept no more than 5 hours each night,” he adds.

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Take a shower and get changed

“During the day, pollen becomes trapped in hair, stuck to skin and covers our clothing. It makes perfect sense that washing away the pollen and changing into fresh clothing will make you feel better,” Wiseberg says. “Just be sure to keep pollen covered clothing out of the bedroom and straight into the laundry basket, as pollen can be shaken from your clothing, settle on your bed and become a problem during the night.”

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Use a simple organic drug-free allergen barrier balm

“Prevention is always key with allergies. Too often we are keen to treat the symptoms without considering the cause,” Wiseberg says. “An organic allergen barrier balm (such as HayMax) traps pollen, dust and pet allergens before they enter the body where they can cause a reaction.” Less allergen, less reaction. The Camille Beckman Cough & Cold Balm is also another great all-natural allergen barrier balm.

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Take beach vacations, not city breaks

“Contrary to what many people believe, cities can be worse for seasonal allergy sufferers than the countryside. Air pollution can exacerbate symptoms, and inner city trees are often highly allergenic varieties such as Plane and Birch,” Wiseberg says. “Coastal areas often benefit from onshore breezes which blow pollen inland, making them a haven for allergy sufferers.”

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Drink peppermint tea

Hot tea has been a known remedy for treating stuffy nose and symptoms of the common cold. Peppermint tea is also a treatment for allergies; it acts as an anti-inflammatory and decongestant.

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Purchase a dehumidifier

Living in a damp and humid environment can be the cause of your symptoms. Purchase a dehumidifier, it will help remove the excess moisture out of the air and keep your home clean and comfortable. Other benefits include preventing mold and other allergens from growing.

Allergy-D

Tackle your worst nasal allergy symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, sneezing and irritated eyes with Genexa’s Allergy-D. These non-drowsy, safe and effective chewable tablets are complete with an organic formula to help you feel better faster. Also try the Allergy-D for Children.

Use a face mask

Face masks are the perfect remedy for quick seasonal allergy relief. Eliminate puffiness, inflammation and sinus discomfort with the TheraPearl Face Mask. It is fully adjustable and conforms to your face for a comfortable hold. Heat it up to open clogged sinuses and chill it to soothe tender skin. Also try the emerginC revital-eyes mask to soothe, calm and reduces puffiness around the eyes.

Surprising Ways to Relieve Your Seasonal Allergies