I can’t believe what I just saw.
I walked down the hall in my office building, which has a door at both ends, and there were little white fluffy things scattered on the carpet, the kind that blow in at this time of year and get your allergies going crazy.
Around here April doesn’t bring too many showers. Rain comes earlier around here, so we are already into the “flowers” part, which brings on seasonal allergies.
What can you do about it?
In addition to the usual over-the-counter medications to help control symptoms, such as anti-histamines and decongestants, you can also use saline nasal sprays or rinses. If your symptoms get severe, your doctor can prescribe you a stronger version of these, or something with a steroid in it to reduce the inflammation of your nasal passages and airways down to your lungs.
There are also several natural herbal ingredients that can help:
- Quercitin – this is found in many different brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and has been shown to stabilize mast cells (just like several pharmaceutical drugs)
- Glutathione – this anti-oxidant counteracts inflammation and thins out secretions to help keep your airways clear
- N-acetyl-cysteine – also helps clear airway mucus blockage
- Vitamin C – acts as an anti-histamine
- Stinging nettles – the plant itself is not pleasant (as the name implies) but the extract has been shown to balance and calm the inflammatory response.
What can you do to reduce your exposure to allergens?
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are high outside
- Delegate outdoor chores to others when it will benefit you to stay indoors
- Remove clothing that you’ve worn outside to avoid bringing pollen inside
- Don’t hang your laundry outside
- Wear a mask with a filter when you are outdoors
- Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter in your home.
These kinds of allergies are often called “seasonal” but they can really hit any time of year. I hope some of these tips and information help you relieve symptoms and protect your airways so you can enjoy your Spring.