Are you tired of allergy meds that make you…tired?
1. Be sure to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. This will allow your body to repair and rest after a long day. Fatigue can be an additional stressor on your body. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will also help your immune system stay healthy and able to fight off allergens.
2. Change your clothes when you come inside. Minimize the amount of pollen indoors by keeping your windows closed and leaving pollen-covered clothing items outside. Even showering off after enjoying the great outdoors can help!
3. Make sure your appliances have HEPA filters. If you don’t have a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum cleaner, you may be making your symptoms worse by stirring up pollen that has settled on your floor and furniture. Check to see if you can purchase a HEPA filter for your vacuum; this can help rid your carpets of trapped allergens. Also remember to change your car’s cabin air filter.
4. Move your outdoor workout to dusk. If you typically exercise in the morning, when the pollen counts are higher, switch to a later time of day (evening) when you won’t be as affected.
5. Rinse with saline before symptoms strike. Try saline nasal irrigation to help rid your nasal passages of pollen; an overwhelming majority of allergens wreak havoc on your body by entering via this route. The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous. Neti pots are specially designed for this purpose. Remember to keep these devices as clean and dry as possible to prevent any bacterial growth.