Is Pollen making you miserable?

That green pollen stuff is all over the place. In our hair, up our noses and in our throats. Once again we are sniffling and sneezing.

Here are a few quick tips to combat some of these allergy symptoms.

  • Get up early
    Pollen is released by most plants shortly after sunrise but it travels on midday breezes. Pollen counts are highest between 10am and 4pm. Plan your outdoor activities for early morning or early evening.
  • Allergy kit
    Always keep eye drops, decongestant, nasal spray and antihistamines in a convenient place.
  • Clean surfaces
    Vacuum twice a week to avoid the build up of dust in your house. If you’re allergic to dust or dust mites, cover your nose and mouth with a damp cloth while cleaning.
  • Shower at night
    Take one at the end of the day.  This washes away all of the pollen that might be attached to your hair or skin, so you can get a good night’s sleep.
  • Indoor air
    Get a HEPA room air cleaner in the bedroom
    Cats’ and dogs’ fur can accumulate pollen and other outdoor allergens. Limit your animals’ outdoor to indoor transitions if possible.
  • Eat Foods high in Omega-3s
    Foods that are high in omega-3s, like salmon, flaxseed, edamame and walnuts, help reduce inflammation caused by allergic reactions to histamine. They can also boost your immune system.

Some people try to keep from going outside as much as possible. This is probably a strategy I will try. There are lots of things I am allergic to, maybe you are too.

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