5 Tips to Beat Spring Allergies

a woman with allergiesIf you’re like me, you worry about seasonal allergies, especially every spring. However, in the past couple of years, I made some changes and beat spring allergies! After suffering from allergies for about 22 years, I made some changes that have given me relief. Through the years, I’ve done research galore, trying to find what I can do to get rid of this persistent problem.

What have I been doing to get rid of my allergies? First, let’s talk about what exactly seasonal allergies are.

What are seasonal allergies?

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology says, “Seasonal allergies, like other allergies, develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.” The most popular triggers of seasonal allergies are grass, pollen, and mold.

The spring allergy season can start in February and last until mid-summer. This can be months of discomfort for allergy sufferers. With so much information already on the internet, you have probably come across several ideas of things you could do to fight your seasonal allergies.

Things You Might Already Do

When I first figured out that I was going to be suffering through allergy season habitually, there was no Google. Instead of going to the library to get information, I read the countless grocery store aisle books on the topic that my mom gave me.

From these books, I got ideas and suggestions. They have helped me evolve to where I am today. Where is that exactly? For the past few years, I haven’t had spring or fall allergy attacks. Here are some of the ideas that I’ve read about and tried:

  • Know your allergies. What exactly are you allergic to? With modern technology, you can get an idea of how bad your allergies might be before your day even begins. On these days, try to stay inside and keep windows closed.
  • Neti pots or saline sprays wash that gunk out of your sinuses. You know that huge, gross thing that rolls down the back of your throat? If you were using a saltwater treatment, it would be down your sink drain instead of in your stomach.
  • Wash your sheets and other linens regularly.
  • Do your best to wipe off surfaces and keep a clean house. If allergies already make you susceptible to being sick, you sure don’t want extra allergens or a cold virus hanging around.
  • Take a shower and wash your hair if you have been outside.
  • Wear a face mask when you’re working. Whether you’re allergic to dust or pollen, it will be beneficial to wear a face mask when you’re around these allergens.
  • Regularly change the filters on your furnace and air conditioner.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Reduce your sugars. Do you know what bacteria needs to thrive? Sugar. Just think of that! For every sugary item you eat, you are feeding bacteria in your body.
  • If you are a sugar lover, like myself, try adding lemon to your water. The pH of the lemon helps reduce your pH, which makes it harder on bacteria.

5 Tips to Beat Spring Allergies

Here’s what I’ve been doing to beat my allergies. These are my top 5 Tips to Beat Spring Allergies:

  1. Pay attention to how you feel when you eat specific foods. According to WebMD, about one-third of people with seasonal allergies will have a “cross-reaction to certain foods.” WebMD advises to be wary of bananas, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, sunflower seeds, and chamomile tea for those with ragweed allergies. Other foods that people can have sensitivity to are peppers, onions, strawberries, dairy, wheat, corn, peanuts, and sugar.
  2. Take baths with epsom salts regularly. Epsom salt baths help gently detoxify your body. When my allergies are winning, I fix an epsom salt bath. I get the water really salty. Then, I step into it and feel immediate relief. I’m not joking, as soon as I have both feet submerged, my sinuses open up, and I can breathe again. Then, I sit and soak. After a while, I slide down and hang out with my ears underwater. Once I get out of the bath, I make sure to really clean the goop from my ears and moisturize my body.
  3. Get Zaditor eye drops. This medicine has been a real game changer for me. As soon as I start to feel any swelling in my sinuses or itching in my eyes, I use a drop. One eye drop will immediately get rid of the itchy feeling in my eye, and I can feel swelling decrease in my sinuses. If you are so inclined, there is a link to Amazon at the end of this article. If you order from this, I will receive a small commission.
  4. Eat foods that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Helpful foods include:  garlic, coconut oil, olive oil, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, cherries, oranges, and salmon.
  5. Have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar everyday. If you are a sugar-lover like myself, apple cider vinegar can help reduce sugar cravings as well as decrease your pH. This makes it harder for bacteria to survive. I will also include an Amazon link for apple cider vinegar.

Taking Medicine

If these natural ideas aren’t doing the trick, there are always medicines available. Currently, there are several over the counter medicines that can help with seasonal allergies. However, before taking a medication, please be sure to consult your physician.

What do you do to combat your seasonal allergies? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sarah Stockett is STOTT certified in Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, Injuries & Special Populations, and CORE; a Yoga Alliance RYT-200; and has studied Active Isolated Stretching. When she is not trying to discover the best exercises to get rid of pain, she likes watching movies and travelling with her family.

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