5 Tips for Fighting Off Allergies

Warm weather, sunshine, and flowers blooming.  Seems like perfect weather, right?  For some people, this weather can actually be more of a problem than a blessing.

Sufferers from seasonal allergies can dread the beginning of spring due to congestion, runny noses, and itchy eyes.  Luckily, there are several tips to keeping allergy symptoms at least somewhat under control.

  • Purified or humidified air.  Air purifiers and humidifiers can be pricy, but they will make breathing easier when pollen or other allergy counts get high.  An investment like this can help save money by making allergy medication unnecessary.  However, if you are allergic to mold, moist air may make your allergies worse; a dehumidifier may be necessary.
  • Butter.  Wait, butter?  When applied to the inside of the nostrils, butter can catch pollen and dust particles before they enter your respiratory system.  Break out the Land O’Lakes and butter up!
  • Allergy fighting foods.  Green vegetables, apples, oranges, nuts, grapes, and curries all have allergy-fighting powers.  Read more about allergy-fighting foods here.
  • Clean.  Rid your home of dust mites and other particles by getting a vacuum with a HEPA filter.  Dusting and washing your bedding regularly can also help get rid of allergy particles.  It is also wise to shower after spending a day outside in order to clean your body of pollen and anything else that you may be allergic to.
  • Medication.  If all else fails, you may need to seek medicinal help for your allergies.  There are several over-the-counter brands which work well, but you may need to seek a doctor if you feel your allergies are severe.  Consult your Wisconsin health insurance policy to see if it will cover allergy medication.

-Sam

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