With allergy season in full swing, if you’re anything like me you are attempting desperate measures to be able to breath clearly! Sure, there are a lot of options out there that claim to rid the sniffles, but take a look at these three certain ways to steer clear of allergies this season:
1)Keep your windows closed and blast the AC
If you can’t stop sneezing, one of the most basic things you can do it to put a barrier between yourself and the enemy outdoors. During spring, summer or fall, Dutta and her colleagues at Mass General recommend patients avoid the pollen that’s in the air by keeping the house and car windows closed and running an air conditioner, she said.
Dr. Myngoc Nguyen, chief of allergy at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in northern California, echoed this advice: “Using an air conditioner in your car cancut the amount of pollen you breathe by as much as 30 percent,” she told .
2)Try a sinus rinse
Another technique is to use a neti pot, a teapot-shaped vessel that’s available over the counter and basically flushes out your sinuses with a saltwater mixture.
“The nose is like a car filter or home air filter that traps debris. Rinsing the nose with saline solution is similar to using saline eye drops to rinse out pollen,” said Dr. Steven Osborne, a medical officer in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
“A lot of patients use the sinus rinse on a regular basis, once or twice a day, as part of their routine,” Dutta said.
Safety should be a top concern. If you decide to go the nasal irrigation route, it’s important to use distilled or sterilized bottled water for the rinse, according to the Mayo Clinic. Tap water is okay to use if it’s been boiled for a few minutes, then cooled to a lukewarm temperature. If neti pots aren’t used and cleaned properly,tap water bacteria can cause potentially serious infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As always, you should talk to your doctor before starting any sort of health regimen.
3)Change your clothes
If you’ve been outside during allergy season, it’s a good idea to take off your shoes and change your clothes when you move indoors, which limits your exposure to pollen and stops the spread of pollen in your home.
Pollen can ride inside on pet fur, too, so it’s a good idea to keep dogs and cats as clean as possible. “These are all small things that can add up,” Dutta said.