How To: Get Rid of Allergies Before They Even Start

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Who wants to wake up every morning during the Spring just to rub their puffy red eyes and sneeze constantly? Not me. And unfortunately, that’s exactly what allergy season brings: head and sinus congestion, irritating itchiness, and endless sneezing. But, what if I told you there’s a few great ways to prevent allergies from attacking you before the season even starts?

First, start planning ahead. It’s recommended to start your prevention methods a few weeks before Spring starts, preferably towards the latter end of Winter to have the best results.

Here are five things that can help you prevent your allergies this year:

Book an Appointment w/Your Allergist

And if you don’t have an allergist, get one as soon as possible.

If you don’t know, or aren’t quite sure if you need an allergist, look back to last year. Did you have any signs or symptoms of unbearable allergies? Was there a specific point and time where your allergies were triggered versus other points and times? Is there one allergy that’s more annoying than the others? Answer all of these questions. Chances are, if you can relate to one of three questions mentioned, you need an allergist.

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Also, if you did have an allergist in the past years, keep in mind what treatments did or did not work. If there are a few methods that benefit versus others, be sure to remind your allergist. If what was recommended last year did not seem to work for you, mention that also. Finding the right fix will be the best prevention method for allergies.

The reason to book an appointment with your allergist ahead of time is because sometimes certain treatments don’t work. It may be a system of trial and error, or it may be an automatically beneficial decision. However, if pills don’t seem to work, you may need an injection of some sort to combat symptoms. If the injection doesn’t work, you may need to try different pills.

The best time to make an appointment is right before allergy season. Depending on where you live will depend on when you make the appointment. And remember, the earlier the better.

Do Spring Cleaning Every Year

Dust and pollen can trigger countless allergies in everyone’s body. Rugs, floors, and furniture can acquire dust over a lengthy time period, and if you don’t maintain cleanliness during allergy season, chances are allergies will get out of hand.

Vacuum all the rugs. Mop all the hardwood floors. Dust all the furniture (even polish it). Pay attention to areas in the house that are more apt to have a ton of dust build up. Being sure to get rid of all that dust and dirt (and animal hair, if you have animals around the house) will limit reactions and stay away from allergy symptoms.

However, while doing this Spring-cleaning, be sure to wear a dust mask of some sort. If you don’t, your allergies may be triggered from breathing in all of the particles that come up into the air. Often times people with allergies will hire or designate someone else in the household to do such cleaning so that their allergies will not come into play. Then, once you do the cleaning yourself or designate someone to do it, be sure to keep up with it. The more you keep the dirt and dust away for allergy season, the better off you’ll be.

*Tip: Avoid opening windows too much during allergy season, too. It will eliminate outdoor particles from getting in.

Swap Out Air Filters

Air filters are found throughout your household, whether it is in a heating or AC duct, or in portable purifiers, you have them present in your home. But, air filters are a huge reason why your allergies get so bad during the Spring, if you don’t change them.

Air filters are amazing. They trap all dust and all types of pathogens that are in the air so that you don’t have to breathe them in. If you don’t change them, the filters will become clogged and will allow your allergies to be triggered by all these particles floating around in the air you breathe. This, in turn, leads to inflammation of the respiratory tract in your body, and in turn makes your body react by sneezing, coughing, etc. Symptoms will get worse without changing them. Also, pay attention to the manufacturers recommendations on the air filtering packages; They may state a specific amount of time you should keep a filter in.

Drink Green Tea

fresh green tea cupsIf you want to try more of a natural anti-histamine versus a prescribed one, check out the teas. Specifically, drink some green tea.

Green tea has an outstanding amount of antioxidants present in it. It’s as if it’s a natural anti-histamine, even though technically, it’s just a tea with some amazing benefits.

It’s recommended by many medical professionals to drink one to two glasses per day in the weeks before allergy season arrives. The tea can actually block histamines in your system and can help out with all your sinus and head congestion. If you prefer hot over iced, drink that. And, if you prefer iced over hot, drink that. It doesn’t matter what form, just drink the tea.

Purchase Some House Plants

Many plants actually purify the air, believe it or not. A few of them consist of:

  • Spider Plants
  • Bamboo Palms
  • Peace Lilies
  • Ficus Trees

They tend to have great beneficial aspects including cleansing the air of allergy pollutants that irritate body systems. By buying one or more of these plants, you’re ensuring your airways are clear and congestion free, as well as encouraging your body that little to no irritation will occur in the upcoming weeks. Fewer symptoms equals a happier, less allergic you.