7 Natural Ways to Beat Seasonal Allergies
It's that time of year again. In South Carolina the pollen rains down like a blanket of green terror. During the high pollen season you can find my kids and I peering out the window at the pretty flowers and imagining how wonderful the sun and cool breeze might feel on our faces.
Okay, so it's not as dramatic as all of that, but it is pretty bad. This picture from Facebook tells the whole story.
As many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children have at least one allergy. (American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)
There are tons of medications that can help fight seasonal allergies, but I like to try these natural remedies for keeping allergies at bay as well.
1. Shut the windows
Keep the pollen and other allergens out, especially at times when the pollen is at it's thickest.
2. Use an air purifier
Air purifiers are great for taking the allergens out and circulating clean air throughout your home. Prices, quality, and function vary greatly, but a quick google search can help you find the one the best suits your needs. This article from Consumer Reports may help.
3. Use a good filter for your HVAC system
I never realized how many different HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air conditioning) until my allergies began to take over my life and I was in search of a good filter for my home. Each filter promises to remove certain pollutants from the air in your home. Here'a a great article about the 4 main types of HVAC filters.
4. Take it all off
Yes, all of it! Your clothes collect allergens as you travel about your day. When you get home, leave those allergen filled clothes at the door. I keep a robe or towel at the door to wear as I head into my next allergen beating step.
5. Wash allergens down the drain
Head straight to the shower to wash those allergens down the drain. I don't wash my hair everyday, but I do wash it more often during heavy allergen seasons.
6. Wear a Mask
If you have to be outside for any great length of time, don a mask. It's hard looking cute in a mask, but it's even harder looking cute with red and itchy allergy eyes!
7. Use a Nasal Rinse
Nasal rinses help wash residual allergens from your nose. There are several ways to rinse. There are premixed saline rinses or you can make your own rinse. Here's a great post from Whole New Mom on how to make your own saline rinse.
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