Ahhhhh! Spring time is upon us! The time for spring cleaning, blooming flowers, warmer weather and of course Spring allergies! There are so many ways to help relieve some of the symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, headaches and sore throats, etc. Right now in our DFW area and the entire state of Texas Pollen is way up. According to Pollin.com, todays worst cities are in the state of Texas- Fort Worth, Dallas, Laredo, Waco and Del Rio.
Here are some helpful tips that may help you relieve some of your symptoms…
Treat your allergies at night
Pollen is worse in the mornings therefore treating your allergies at night with medications and/or nasal sprays is best. By morning, those 24 hour meds will be fully in your system.
Shower and wash your hair at night
Before getting into the bed, shower off and wash your hair of pollen that may have settled in during the day. You don’t want to transfer the pollen into your bedding.
Take Vitamin D
Yes, this is one you may not have heard of in the treatment of allergies but Vitamin D may help make you better resistant to many allergens. Studies have shown it to protect against a wide range of conditions such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes, depression and even dementia. A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to sensitivity to allergens such as dogs, ragweed, oak, ryegrass and shrimp.
Our nasal passages have tiny hair-like structures called cilia which catch dirt, bacteria, viruses and other substances. According to WebMD, Nasal irrigation can help relieve sinus symptoms by thinning out thick mucus and help flush out the irritants such as pollen from the sinus passages. It is best to do at night as with other treatments.
Inside your home
Make sure you are taking shoes off before entering or leaving shoes at the door to keep allergens from coming in. Wash your sheets and blankets regularly, replace AC filters, keep dust to a minimum, vacuum carpet and remove or clean drapes that catch dust.
There are many other ways to help you relieve allergy symptoms, these are just a few. If you have any questions regarding allergies, please visit your doctor.
Keep track of pollen count in your area, visit www.pollen.com and type in your zip code.