The best place to start for treating allergies is to find out exactly what’s causing them. Allergy tests are helpful in targeting and diminishing the root of the problem. Here are some more tips to get you through the rest of the spring allergy season:
- Wash clothing and bedding often, especially after long outdoor activities
- Keep from drying laundry outside as they can collect multiple allergens
- Use a dehumidifier to help reduce mold, dust mites and mildew in the air
- Keep doors and windows shut as often as possible. This is a tough one with the nice weather heading our way, but it’s the best way to keep pollens and other allergens out of your home and vehicle
- Keep track of your city’s allergens. Most local television stations and newspapers report on current pollen levels allowing you to take preventative measures when those that affect you are high.
- Use lozenges to sooth a sore throat that can arise from postnasal drip
- Look for over-the-counter eye drops that contain an antihistamine
- Try a Neti Pot: cleaning out your nasal cavity is a great tactic for immediate relief. Be sure to follow proper instructions on how to safely use this helpful device.
- Consider cool compressions to help relieve puffy or irritated eyes