Growing up I knew when Spring was getting close because my dad’s allergy symptoms would start. It would start off gradual with a little sneezing and congestion. By the time Spring was in full bloom my dad’s eyes were swollen, red, itchy, his sinus’ were clogged and he would sneeze non-stop.
This would usually last all the way through summer until October when he would finally have some relief. He tried everything, over the counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and even had his physician giving him immunotherapy injections.
This was something that my dad had suffered with since he was kid. Over the years he developed seven tricks to help cope with his seasonal pollen allergies.
The tricks listed below will also work for those suffering from dust allergies and pet dander.
1. Take a shower each night prior to going to bed. This will remove any pollen and dust that is still clinging to your hair and skin.
2. Use a saline spray or sinus pot to clean out your sinus passages of any stored pollen and dust. (My dad found it helpful to use the sinus pot once in the morning and once at night with saline spray throughout the day)
3. Do Not sleep with your windows open. Pollen and dust are still floating through the air during the night. By leaving your window open you are just inviting the pollen and dust to stay around.
4. Take a decongestant ½ hour prior to bed time, this will help keep your sinus’ clear while you sleep.
5. If you own a pet or pet’s that are free to roam in and out of the house make sure too bath them often removing any pollen that has built up on their fur. Wash your hands and forearms after you pet or play with your four-legged friend.
6. Gardeners or those who mow their own yard try wearing a surgical mask while you are outside working in the yard. This should help keep more of the pollen and dust out of your sinus’. (You can pick these up at any drug store)
7. Once you are done working out in the yard make sure to remove your clothes and wash them immediately. Shower off the pollen that is on your skin and hair, then dress in fresh clothes.
These are simple, easy home remedies, but please always consult with your physician when taking any medications including over the counter (OTC). Research is being done for those who suffer from seasonal pollen allergies.
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