With spring comes flowers, sun, and allergies! It can be hard to enjoy the outdoors when your nose is constantly running and your eyes are watering. Check out our tips on how to combat seasonal allergies to help find some relief.
Reduce Your Exposure
- Stay indoors on windy days.
- Remove the clothes and shoes you’ve worn outside when you get home.
- Shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair.
- Avoid air-drying laundry outdoors as pollen particles can attach to fabric.
- Make sure to wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.
Rinse Your Nasal Sinuses
- Regular nasal rinses with saline is a cost-effective way to flush mucous and debris trapped in the nasal cavities.
Keep Your Environment Clean
- Change your pillowcase regularly.
- Change your air filters often.
- Consider air purifiers.
- Avoid opening windows on windy days or days with high pollen alert.
Supplement with NAC
- (N-acetylcysteine) NAC has been scientifically proven to decrease allergen-induced inflammation. NAC is a precursor to glutathione, one of the body’s most potent antioxidants. It is an excellent alternative to over the counter decongestants. Consult with your naturopathic doctor about dosing NAC.
Consider Sublingual Immunotherapy
- Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is similar to allergy injections, except that they are drops that are administered under the tongue. SLIT helps build a tolerance to allergens and can be taken at home.
- Learn more about Sublingual Immunotherapy here.
If you’re looking for more ways to help reduce your allergies, schedule a call with one of our naturopathic doctors or call us at 480-588-6856.