Beware people, the pollening is coming.
For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring can be a rough time. This year the issue of allergies is even more complicated because of Covid-19, since allergy symptoms can be similar to those of a common cold, and coughing in public has become a truly horrifying experience.
Seasonal allergies can come from any number of irritants, from dust and mold to pollen. These allergies can also develop at any point in your life, so even if you don’t suffer from them now, it doesn’t mean you never will.
Given that we have enough on our plates right now with a global pandemic, here are six ways to fight seasonal allergies this spring.
Change out your HVAC filters- If you don’t change the filters on your Air conditioning/heating system you run the risk of recycling allergens throughout your home. You should be doing this every 3 months, but it is especially important during allergy season.
Monitor pollen- On high pollen days, keep your doors and windows closed. You might even consider staying inside. Wearing masks will undoubtedly help with this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Deal with water damage- If you have any water damage in your home, get it fixed as soon as you notice it. The mold spores from water damage can grow in under 24 hours, and wreak havoc on your circulatory system.
Eat probiotics- Probiotics like Greek yogurt play a huge hand in balancing gut bacteria, but they are also a strong form of support in terms of a healthy immune system.
Use a neti-pot- Nasal irrigation systems like neti-pots help clean out the sinuses and remove any irritants that can cause allergic reactions. If you accidentally find yourself in a pollen-laden situation, flush your sinuses as soon as you get home.
Try eucalyptus oil- Eucalyptus oil is commonly known for allergy relief because it can reduce inflammation. You can either keep eucalyptus around your house, or rub a few drops of oil on your chest for allergy relief.