At the dawn of spring, nature wakes up from her long winter sleep. It is the time of year that people are normally affected by allergies. Fresh leaves appear on the trees and nature covers herself with fresh green. Flower buds blossom and pollen from the flowers starts a journey of propagation. When the pollen gets airborne, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing.
It is stated that each year, about 35 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly called as hay fever. Although these spring allergies are not so frightening, they do cause a lot of difficulties.
Nowadays, there are a number of ways to combat them, from conventional medication to household habits and home remedies.
Tips to face spring allergies
1) Ayurveda suggests decoctions for allergies
There are many decoction and herbal prescriptions available in Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal system of India. For example an easy herbal tea with dry ginger, pepper and honey will clear the breathing passage and give relief from the allergic attack.
2) Take natural supplements
Take a high quality natural supplements and probiotics to help boost your immunity. There are natural
anti-allergy supplements, available today, which are a combination of herbs, enzymes, and nutrients which are designed to fight acute allergy attacks.
3) Protect your nose
During the spring pollen grains released into the air by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds for the purpose of fertilizing other plants and pollination get into the nose of someone who is allergic, and affect the immune system. Hence to protect yourself from the attack of these pollens the first thing you have to do is to protect your nose from allowing the pollens.
4) Avoid allergic pollens
During the days when these allergic pollen count is very high, try to stay indoors. Usually the pollen count is very high (pollen counts in the mornings. It is better to keep your doors and windows closed whenever possible during this spring season.
5) Beware of the breezy days
Breeze carries pollens through the air. Hence allergy symptoms tend to be particularly high on breezy days when the wind picks them up and carries them. But on the rainy days there is a drop in the pollen counts because the rain washes away the pollen allergens. So it is advisable to take extra care on the breezy days.
6) Keep your rooms pollen free
Pollens can easily be collected on bookshelves, vents, and other places and so keep them clean. Also clean the air filters in your home often and keep them free from pollens. It is advisable not to use window or attic fans which can bring more pollen into the room. When you go outside, pollen can be collected on your hair and hence wash your hair after going outside.
7) Take medication
Generally, pollen allergens cause runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes and nose. They can trigger asthma, a condition in which the airways become narrow, making breathing difficult. It is better to seek the medical help and treat with some over-the-counter allergy drugs with the guidance of the doctor. Antihistamine medicines reduce the allergic symptoms such as sneezing, sniffling, and itching.
8) Decongestants help to clear mucus
Decongests along with histamines clear mucus out of the nasal passageways to relieve congestion and swelling. They also clear the clogged nasal passages.