Seasonal Allergies Getting You Down?
April 12, 2022
Ahh…Spring! You wait all winter for warmer days, blooming flowers and budding trees, then the sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose start making you miserable.
According to recent research, you’ve got plenty of company. Seasonal allergies are getting worse every year, and it’s now estimated that about 50 million Americans suffer in spring and fall1.
In This Healthy Insight:
When is Allergy Season?
While indoor allergies like dust mites and pet dander are around all year, spring and summer allergies can run from early March to late August.
Before you head off to your local drugstore for relief from spring allergies, some simple, natural alternatives just may do the trick.
- Make your home cleaner and more comfortable by using a HEPA air filter which traps airborne irritants.
- Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers. These reduce moisture from the air and limit the growth of mold that can trigger or worsen allergies.
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen is highest. While it’s tempting to throw open the windows, especially at night, resist the urge to bring the outdoors in.
- Shower after being outside. Pollen easily sticks to your skin and clothing, which you then track into your home, onto your furniture and into your bed.
- Try local, unprocessed honey. While it’s not been proven by science, there’s a lot of anecdotes about how honey can ease seasonal respiratory issues. The theory is that over time, it desensitizes you to specific pollen in your area.
- Regularly wash your bedding in water that’s at least 130 degrees.