For millions of people, seasonal allergies are just a normal part of life. In fact, the CDC reports that as many as 60 million people suffer from seasonal allergies every year.
But just because seasonal allergies are common doesn’t mean you should continue to suffer. For many, prescription medications, over-the-counter antihistamines, and nasal sprays might do the trick but for others, there are still residual symptoms that leave them suffering.
If you are tired of taking medications that don’t work — or even if your allergy meds do work but you want to try some other methods — there are lots of things you can do to nip those seasonal allergies in the bud.
Is It Seasonal Allergies?
Before we dive into some tips for alleviating seasonal allergies, it’s important to make sure that you are suffering from seasonal allergies and not something else. There are lots of conditions out there that can mimic the symptoms of allergies.
If you have tried allergy medications to no avail, you might need to check in with your doctor to see if there is something else going on. Dry eye, for example, is a common medical condition that gets misdiagnosed as allergies since seasonal allergies can also result in dry, itchy eyes. But dry eye is not the same as seasonal allergies and will require different treatment options.
If you think there might be something going on besides allergies, don’t be afraid to push your doctor for answers or even seek a second opinion. Your health and well-being should be your number one priority, and it is your right as a patient to get the medical care you need.
Tips for Relieving Those Pesky Seasonal Allergy Symptoms for Good
If you are genuinely suffering from seasonal allergies, there are many more natural things you can do besides taking medication to help alleviate your symptoms.
Change your diet
The stronger and healthier your body is, the more easily it can fight off seasonal allergies. So changing your diet to include healthier foods can help. Focus on foods with the most nutrients and anti-inflammatory ingredients, like fish, leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fruits, ginger, turmeric, and brightly colored vegetables.
If you struggle to eat a diet high in nutrients, try something like an immune-boosting smoothie every morning or as an in-between meal snack. Smoothies are an easy way to get a ton of nutrients in one sitting.
Drink more water
One of the easiest and most natural remedies for allergy relief is drinking more water. Seasonal allergy symptoms are often worse when you are dehydrated. So the more water you can drink, the better. The average recommended amount of water per day is eight glasses, but you might need more depending on your size and your activity level.
Limit your exposure to allergy triggers
If you are taking seasonal allergy medication but still tend to have a lot of symptoms, it might be because you are exposing yourself to other allergy triggers. Working in the garden or outside on the lawn often stirs up allergens and can worsen your symptoms, so avoid these things as much as possible or particularly when allergy season is at its peak.
If you have pets in the house, pet dander can also trigger your seasonal allergies and make them worse. This can especially be a problem if you sleep with your dog or cat in bed with you. If you can’t part with your furry friends, take measures to limit exposure to their dander, such as by cleaning more often — especially the sheets, keeping them away from furniture and closets where they can lay on your clothes — and using air purifiers.
Use an air purifier
On that note, air purifiers are a great idea if you suffer from seasonal allergies, with or without pets in the home. Allergens can easily accumulate in your home, and while an air purifier won’t magically get rid of them all, it will help significantly. And when you do use an air purifier, make sure you use one that has the highest quality HEPA filters.
Taking immune-boosting supplements can also help strengthen your body’s systems so it can more easily fight off seasonal allergies. And there are lots of different supplements out there you can try, so don’t give up if you’ve tried one before and it didn’t work for you.
The best supplements for boosting immunity include:
- Vitamin C;
- Vitamin D;
- Adaptogenic mushrooms;
- Bee propolis.
Your gut health can have a huge impact on the rest of your health. So if you are struggling with allergies, it could be because your gut is out of balance and negatively affecting your immune system. Probiotics or fermented foods are an excellent way to reintroduce healthy bacteria into your gut so your body can function properly.
These are just a few of the many different things you can do to fight off seasonal allergies. If your medications aren’t working, or if you don’t want to constantly be on medications, these tips can help you get further relief so you can get back to enjoying your life.
Prevention is also a good idea. When pollen counts are high, you should take extra precautions to avoid certain things to prevent your allergy symptoms from flaring up, such as avoiding outdoor activities and keeping your doors and windows closed as much as possible.
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