5 Dos And Dont's To Ward Off Seasonal Allergies Naturally

Posted on: 22 March 2017


If you suffer from seasonal nasal allergies, your ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) can help you determine what triggers your symptoms and prescribe a treatment plan. In addition to your prescribed treatment, you may wish to try some natural remedies and methods to help alleviate your symptoms or prevent an "allergy attack". The following advice may help reduce your dependency on medications which can cause side effects such as drowsiness or restlessness. To help you feel better, here are a few dos and don'ts you might want to consider:

1. DO Curtail Your Outdoor Activities Until Dusk

If you suffer from ragweed or pollen allergies, being outdoors during the mid morning or afternoon when pollen count is a the highest may exacerbate your allergy problem. If you must work out or run errands that require you to be outdoors, it's best to wait until after sundown. At this time, tree pollen count will be lower and you may find yourself less congested.

2. DON'T Leave Home Without Your Sunglasses

If you must be outdoors during the daytime, protect your eyes with a dark pair of sunglasses. Doing so will help prevent allergens from entering your eyes. You might take it one step further by wearing a wide brimmed hat as well.

3. DO Flush Out Your Sinuses With a Natural Nasal Rinse

When pollen and irritants enter your nasal passages, flushing out your sinuses on a daily basis can help reduce your allergy symptoms. Try using a saline nasal spray, as this is all natural and contains only purified water and salt. If you prefer, use a neti pot to flush your sinuses, but remember to boil your tap water first to eradicate any bacteria or germs. Your ENT can tell you how to use a net pot properly.

4. DON'T Forget to Change Your Clothes After Being Outdoors

Pollen and allergens will adhere to your clothing. These irritants may cause sneezing, watery eyes and congestion. Change your clothes and wash your pollen-infested attire thoroughly. As an added precaution, you might also want to wash the pollen from your skin by taking a shower after being outdoors.

5. DO Use HEPA Filtration at Home

Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum cleaner and air purifier. This will help trap allergens that may be lingering on your bedding, furniture and carpets. Your allergy symptoms may be improved dramatically by using HEPA filtration and closing windows on those high pollen count days.

As a final consideration, do listen to your ENT. Don't stop taking prescribed medications without first discussing this with your doctor. To find out more, speak with someone like Mid America Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic PC.