Natural Ways to Fight Allergies
Fall allergies are starting to hit several of us hard. Sniffles, constant sneezing, red eyes, irritable sinuses, and sore throats do not have to be the anthem of your fall season, however. You also don’t need to spend most of the season drowsy or passed out antihistamines and medical histamine blockers. Taking care of the air in your home and following a few healthy habits will improve your fall (and any allergy season you struggle with).
Keep Pollens, Irritants, and Allergens Away
The best way to keep from living off of antihistamines is to keep allergy stimulating substances at bay.
- Vacuum at least once a week – This will remove animal hair, skin cells, dust, pollen, and other contaminants from rugs and furniture. Like many of the items on this list, the fewer allergens in your home, the less you have to fight.
- Use dust covers – Get dust-proof mattress and pillow case covers. Cushions contain a great deal of air space which collects dust, skin cells, and other contaminants over time. Covers are easier to wash and help to decrease the buildup. You can also try replacing your pillow or mattress if you’d had either for eight years or more.
- Better air filtration – Use a HEPA filter if you can afford to have one installed in your home. HEPA filters are larger and don’t need to be replaced as often. They’re used for cleaning air in hospitals and clean rooms across the country. If you don’t want the expense of dealing with a HEPA filter, be sure to replace your air filter regularly (every 3 months) and try upgrading to a pleated filter instead of the cheapest one on the rack.
- Keep windows and doors closed – Yes, fresh air is important but early September is when Ragweed season peaks in the US. Each individual plant can spread spores up to 400 miles away and ragweed is responsible for the majority of fall allergy symptoms so air out your house after September.
- Clean clothing – Take off jackets and shoes before you go inside your home. When you tromp around your home with shoes on you bring dust, dirt, and all many of other allergens in with you. Jackets are just as bad because they collect pollen as you walk. Any clothing that’s been outside for an extended period is likely coated in pollen and should be washed soon.
Bonus Allergy Tips
A bit of helpful advice from world travelers: Blow your nose every morning whether you feel the need to or not. Doing this helps to clear out your sinuses and prevent dust buildup that will aggravate allergies.
Taking a quick shower before bed is also beneficial. A quick rinse helps to remove pollen, dust, dead skin, and hair that builds up throughout the day. That way you can fall asleep with fewer allergens to leave in your bedding, helping you to breathe easier throughout the night time!
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