May 17, 2011

Preventing Seasonal Allergies In Advance

Never ending sniffling and sneezing; those are seasonal allergies. No one likes them but when the weather turns from rain to sunshine, we all want to be out and about. However, this is probably not the best choice for someone with allergies. Allergies can cause a stuffy nose, constant sneezing, and breathing problems which can worsen symptoms of asthma. In an attempt to avoid taking allergy medications, here are a few things you can do to prevent seasonal allergies:

Changing Your Diet

A diet with reduced omega-6 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation. Foods such as corn oil, sunflower oil, salad dressing, mayonnaise, and most fast foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Having omega-3 fatty acids from fish, such as cod and salmon, are a great source as an anti-inflammatory for your system. Also, drinking natural fruit juices that are rich in antioxidants can reduce inflammation caused by allergies. Eating fresh fruits such as berries and other fruits and vegetables, such as kiwi and broccoli that are rich with vitamin C can reduce symptoms of allergies. Enriching your diet with magnesium and zinc can also help prevent symptoms. Good sources of magnesium are sunflower seeds, spinach, halibut, and artichokes. Sources of zinc can come from yogurt, tofu, crab, and oysters. Moreover, having honey that is locally cultivated can help adapt your body to pollen in the air.

Adapting Your Home

Even though it’s hot out, keeping your windows and doors closed as much as possible will help to prevent allergies. Instead, use an air conditioner to filter out pollen or use air purifiers around the house to freshen the air. If possible, remove carpets, drapes, or other fabric items around the house. These items are main storage areas of pollen around your home. If you cannot remove these, try to vacuum everyday with a HEPA filter to get rid of the pollen and other debris in the fabrics. Furthermore, avoid a clothesline to dry clothing. Drying clothing and other fabrics outside are only creating a bigger problem for your health. Fabrics outside are collecting debris in the air which you then bring into your home; so it is best to dry your fabrics inside. Also, if you have a pet, be sure to wipe them off with a damp towel before entering the house. A pet that has been outside will come back with pollen stuck to their fur. It is best to bathe them as much as possible during allergy season.

Helping Yourself

It is best to cover your eyes with sunglasses or shades when you are outdoors to reduce the amount of pollen that is blowing around outside from getting into your eyes. Also, whenever you are going out or coming back into the house, be sure to wash your hands with soapy water to wash off the pollen that sticks to your hands. Avoid touching your eyes at all times; once you start itching them, you may not be able to stop! Moreover, limit the amount of time you spend outdoors to help treat allergies. If possible, go outside at night rather than during the day. This is because pollen is settled more at night than in the day. Furthermore, when coming from outside, change your clothes right away and immediately wash clothing to remove any pollen stuck to them. Since pollen does stick to just about anything, avoid keeping your shoes inside the house for that extra step in taking care of your allergies. And to help you get a good night’s sleep, wash your hair before bed to wash out the pollen. If you go to bed without washing your hair, the pollen can stick to your pillow causing night time allergies.

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