After a seemingly endless winter, spring has finally arrived here in the Northeast. Looking outside, it is such a relief to see trees sprouting their first tender green leaves, and finally, even the tulips are making an appearance. Of course, for allergy sufferers this time of year is not always reason for unbridled enthusiasm, as it tends to bring runny noses, watery eyes and scratchy throats. Here are my top five tips for avoiding some of these miseries.
1. Avoid exposure to tree/grass pollen by opening the windows in your home only briefly, ideally early in the morning, when pollen counts tend to be lower. Vacuum regularly.
2. Keep car windows closed when outside and let the air filter in your car do the work to remove pollen.
3. Shower in the evening to remove pollen from your hair and skin. Otherwise, you risk inhaling all the pollen that falls onto your pillow. Wash pillowcases regularly.
4. Wear wrap-around sunglasses to stop pollen from getting into your eyes, and rinse sinuses daily to remove pollen. Personally, I am a great fan of the Netipot.
5. Use Weleda’s Sinus Allergy Formula or Sambucus Compound, in case you prefer drops rather than pilules. These homeopathic remedies are designed to help you deal with allergy symptoms naturally by supporting the body’s own healing forces and unlike conventional antihistamines, they do not cause the much-dreaded drowsiness. Ideally, these remedies should be taken before your symptoms become full-blown.
So there you have it, the Top 5 tips for getting through allergy season! Happy Spring to all!