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Coping with Seasonal Allergies: Tips for a Breath of Fresh Air

Seasonal allergies affect so many people each year, but when you’re in the thick of the worst allergy symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and post-nasal drip you might feel alone in your suffering. But allergies, don’t have to get the best of you this year. There are easy steps you can take to bolster your immune system and relieve those allergy symptoms that start to spring up, along with all of the other flowers that tell us the cold, dreary winter is finally behind us. Let's dive into ways that you can fight back this year.

Seasonal allergies, often referred to as hay fever, are symptoms that occur from exposure to types of spores or pollen that are released into the air by certain trees, plants, and fungi. Your body then thinks these materials are invasive pathogens and creates histamines or chemicals your immune system makes to protect you. While we have no control over the amount of pollen in the atmosphere, there are things we may do that can actually worsen our allergies.

Are You Making Your Allergies Worse?

Using cheap air filters - Studies show that quality air filtration can reduce airborne allergens and potentially relieve allergies. Showering only in the morning - Not showering or bathing before bed can cause residual pollen on your body, hair, and clothing going to bed with you, which can cause flare ups later.

Opening windows in your home - It can be tempting to let the fresh air in on crisp spring days, and while fresh air is certainly one way to boost your immune system, on high-pollen days, it can actually make your allergy symptoms worse. You may be letting in more than fresh air. Letting pets sleep in the bed with you - Pets are like family members but letting them sleep in your bed could worsen your allergy symptoms. Just as pollen accumulates on your person and clothing, the same happens for any pets that have been outdoors for any length of time.

Not dusting enough - Dust piles up quickly and can include a concoction of assorted allergens such as pet dander, mold and dust mites that could wreak havoc on your allergy symptoms. Prioritizing spring cleaning and dusting your home thoroughly can help you to enjoy spring.

Natural Remedies for Relieving Allergy Symptoms

Stay hydrated- When it is dehydrated, your body produces more histamines (the chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms), so drinking enough water is key. But staying hydrated doesn’t only mean drinking enough water, choosing foods with higher water content, like berries, cucumbers, soups, broths, and stews, can also help to boost your fluid intake.

Eat Vitamin-C rich foods - Staving off allergies means making sure your immune system is in tip-top shape. By eating antioxidant-rich foods high in Vitamin C, you’ll check another box on the list for staying healthy. This can be as easy as adding fresh-squeezed lemon juice or a splash of apple cider vinegar to your morning glass of water or some citrus fruits to your meals as a delicious side. 

Stock Up on Allergy Remedies - There are many over-the-counter remedies available to relieve allergy symptoms. Most come in the form of tablets, pills, nasal sprays, or eye drops. Here at Yoni Healing we have the perfect solution for you in our antihistamine drops.

What are antihistamines and what do they do?

Your body creates histamines when it comes into contact with an allergen trigger. Histamines are what causes symptoms like swelling, watery eyes, and itchiness. An Antihistamine will work to block histamines, thus reducing allergy symptoms.

Living with seasonal allergies can be challenging, but it doesn't mean you have to stay indoors all season long. With the right knowledge, precautions, and treatments, you can minimize your symptoms and enjoy the beauty of each season without the constant sneezing and itching. Remember, allergies can vary from person to person, so it's essential to find what works best for you.

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