'Tis The Season for Spring Allergies
I LOVE the spring. The days lengthen, the sun glimmers, and the buds bloom. You are enticed to open windows and doors and frolic outside! The only downside to all this glory is what flits and floats through the air: pollen! Between freshly mowed grass, budding trees, dust, and mold (gross!), there are a lot of allergens to make your nose and throat tickle.
My allergic friends and I often joke that we yearn for a tall glass of ice water in which to put our eyes when they are on fire from the environment. I would not have it any other way though; the fantastic mood spring puts you and everyone else in is worth it!
The peak spring season’s time is now. Pollen accumulations on your Range Rover's windshield, or on sidewalks and concrete crevices are a sign. A great idea is to check the pollen forecast (yes, it exists!) in order to plan accordingly. If you love reveling in your spring outdoor runs, now is a time to lay low they can aggravate your asthma and reaction to stimuli. The worst will be over soon! If your allergies are truly hindering you, see an allergist.
In the mean time, get through this yellow patch with ALB's rewarding remedies. They are applicable to both spring and fall seasonal allergies.
Keep windows closed // It is so tempting to let the smell of spring air flood your space, but wait a few more weeks and you can have them open all day long! This goes for sunroofs, too!
Wash your hair before bed // When you spend time outside, walking the dog, going for the run, eating lunch or dinner in the park, think of all the pollen that settles on your hair. Washing it after being outside, and especially before bed, is key to not bringing the allergens into the bedroom and limiting your direct exposure as much as possible.
Homeopathic remedies // This is when Whole Foods becomes your best friend. Peruse the homeopathic and natural aisle, and you will find a whole new world. Eucalyptus essential oil is effective; put a few drops in boiling water and breathe the vapor, place some oil on your wrists, or add a little to a warm or cool towel, Equinox style. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, stabilizes mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. Another option is to try the homeopathic Sabadil.
Acupuncture // Like many remedies, the effects depend upon the person. I, personally, have had a lot of success with acupuncture. Although I undergo weekly immunotherapy for my allergies, acupuncture has helped immensely. The more trained and experienced the acupuncturist, the more he or she can aid you with a slew of malaises.
Avoid rubbing your eyes or touching your face after being outside // Just like you do not want to touch your face or pick your nose (sorry!) during winter flu months, you do not want to spread the pollen & co to the parts of your body that react most!
Sinus rinse // I have spoken about this before, and will spare you the details. Similar to washing your hair, the rinse washes the pollen and other allergens out of your nose and sinus cavities to avoid an even bigger corporal response. It can be done twice a day during peak season, but not right before bed; you want to remain vertical for at least one hour after using it so everything can drain!
Remove outdoor shoes indoors // I am not a barefoot girl, but I try not to track in the outdoors. Find a pair of indoor shoes you love so you shield yourself from additional allergens. When you have company, of course, you are permitted to wear your most fabulous outside shoes! Try on a few of this season's most fab indoor shoes.
Change car and home filters // The next time your bring your car for service, ask them to swap out the allergy filters. They often do this when it seems “necessary” according to their guidelines, but it should be done much more frequently. Especially if you are sensitive.
Minimize humidity in your house // Humidifiers are the key to getting through cold, dry winters, but now is the time to say goodbye until next fall (yay! no more filling them every night!). During warmer months, there is already a lot of humidity in the air; you do not need to create more. In order to avoid mold spores from forming, decrease the humidity in your home or office as much as possible. This can easily be done with a dehumidifier!
Remove fruit skin // There are seasonal fruit and food allergies as well. Have you ever felt prickly on your lips, mouth, or throat after eating something that does not usually bother you? This is because during high allergy season, pollen may fall onto the fruit or vegetable. This happens often with cantaloupes, plums, and walnuts. Skin the produce or avoid it all together during the season.
May you gracefully get through this allergy season, but also stay present and enjoy the beauty of spring! If problems persist or you simply are too irritated, visit a professional! Now, back to blooming buds, sunny days, and beautiful spring sunsets.
Header image, Notre-Dame de Paris in the Spring. Via Pinterest.
Please note that ALB is neither a doctor nor does she have a medical or homeopathic certification. These are techniques which work for her. Additionally, she has no relationship with any of the brands or products mentioned in this article. They are all products she uses and supports personally.