I looked out the window this morning. And for a split second, I thought green snow had fallen overnight.
Spring has sprung with a pollen filled bang. All over the United States, green pollen dust is coating everything in sight. And it’s making it miserable for the millions of folks who suffer from spring allergies.
In fact, it’s so bad that some people who don’t normally battle hay fever are finding themselves sniffling and sneezing this week. Some experts are even predicting it might be the worst allergy season on record.
Which means there are a whole lot of folks looking for a little break from the misery right now.
REAL allergy relief is just moments away
If you’re one of them, hang in there. You don’t have to suffer much longer. I have some instant allergy relief tricks up my sleeve that can help.
1. Close the windows:
After being cooped up inside all winter it’s natural to want to throw open the windows as soon as the weather gets warm. But if you’re battling spring allergies, it’s actually the worst thing you can do.
During pollen season instead of airing things out, an open window fills your home with the very thing that’s triggering your itchy eyes and sneezing. So while things are at their worst right now, keep those windows closed.
Switch your air conditioning on to the recycled air setting. That will filter your indoor air to remove any pollen that drifts in when you’re going in and out. And be sure to rinse or replace your filters at least every two weeks during peak pollen season.
Just how bad IS it out there? Check out this video of pollen clouds rising from a shaken tree…
— CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2018
2. Change your clothing:
Whenever you leave the house, whether it’s to go to work, run errands or hang out with friends at a barbecue your clothing is picking up pollen particles. The longer you’re out-and-about, the more pollen you’re carrying around with you.
The last thing you want to do is to spread those allergens all over your house when you get home. So during allergy season get into the habit of shedding your clothes as soon as you get home. Toss them into a laundry hamper with a closeable top or the washing machine.
And since you’ll be doing laundry more often right now anyway, go ahead and strip your bed at least once a week too. Wash your sheets on hot which will help wash away the stuff that’s making you sniffle and sneeze.
3. Shower often:
Okay, so you shed your clothing as soon as you got home. Good. But don’t get dressed yet. Hop into the shower and rinse away the allergens that are still sticking to your skin and hair first.
For many folks with pollen allergies this simple step brings nearly instant relief.
If you can’t shower as soon as you get home at least rinse your face off, paying special attention to your eyelids and the area around your nose. But then still commit to popping in the shower before you climb into bed. This will help keep pollen particles from building up on the pillow cases and sheets.
4. Invest in your air:
No matter whether it’s “just” the three months of spring, or a year round problem, battling allergies is no picnic. And while there’s no cure for springtime allergies, you can help make your home a haven by investing in your air. A HEPA air purifier can provide major allergy relief.
You’ll find you have a number of options. There are smaller tabletop units you can move around your home to clean the air in the spots where you spend the most time. And there are bigger machines which purify larger spaces.
Look for a unit that has a true HEPA filter. And be sure to investigate how often you will need to change the filters. A cheaper machine that requires very frequent filter replacements might not be as big a bargain as it appears at first.
5. Saline rinses:
If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies and haven’t discovered the soothing relief of a saline rinse, your life is about to change. Because this ancient practice has stood the test of time for a reason. It provides nearly instant allergy relief.
And if the countless satisfied fans of nasal rinsing aren’t enough to convince you to try it, the research behind them might.
In a German study, folks using saline rinses improved their allergy symptoms by 28 percent. Even more impressive they used over 62 percent less allergy meds. And they may be able to do the same for you.
The easiest way to do a saline rinse is to purchase a neti pot and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Neti pots are widely available online and in drug stores. They’re affordable and simple to use. Just be sure to use distilled, sterile or boiled water (never straight from the tap!). And always clean and dry the pot thoroughly after using it.
Stop letting pollen push you around. Get some instant allergy relief, using these five simple tricks today.
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