Suffering from seasonal allergies? If so, this time of year can be especially tough. Since we can’t totally avoid the allergens floating all around us, here are some simple things you can do to help alleviate those sniffles and sneezes this spring.
Reduce Allergen Exposure
The number one way to help your seasonal allergies is to keep your indoor space as allergen free as possible. You can literally shut the allergens out by keeping your windows closed. Keep the air inside as clean as possible by using HEPA filters for your AC and your vacuum cleaner. Then, keep new allergens from collecting inside by changing your clothes when you get home, washing your clothes promptly, and showering regularly. Besides keeping yourself clean, you’ll want to keep your home clean. A note of caution here: some household cleansers may trigger or aggravate your symptoms. So, try using unscented or natural cleaning products. You can even try making your own! This article on The Spruce can get you started.
Reduce Histamine Buildup
An allergic reaction is an immune response, so anything you can do to strengthen your immune system will only help. Supplements like Vitamin C and Quercetin are antioxidants that may function as a natural antihistamines. One of the best natural alternatives to antihistamines is Butterbur, a shrub in the daisy family that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Several studies have shown that Butterbur, particularly Butterbur Ze339, is as effective as many common over-the-counter allergy medications, and perhaps even better at alleviating nasal congestion.
What About Local Honey?
Many people believe local honey can help with even severe seasonal allergies. The idea is that local honey contains local pollen, and when you consume it on a regular basis your body will gradually get used to the pollen around you. It seems like a perfectly logical idea, and many people swear by it. However, there is not yet scientific evidence to support this method as an effective treatment for seasonal allergies. We may learn more about local honey as an allergy treatment as more studies come out, but for now, honey does have plenty of proven health benefits, and substituting local honey for your sugar is a healthy swap.
Talk to Your Doctor
If simple lifestyle changes and natural remedies aren’t helping your symptoms, it’s best to seek help from your doctor. There are some allergic reactions or conditions that are best served by a medical professional, especially in severe cases. Stay healthy!