I don’t know about you guys, but Spring hits me pretty hard. I never used to have allergies until I lived on a garden campus during college – and now as an adult the joy of Spring is a bit clouded by itchy eyes and way too much sneezing.
If you know me, you know I’m hesitant to take too many medications, so I’m always looking for alternate ways to manage things like allergies. In my quest for my OWN solutions, I’ve found a lot of fabulous suggestions that just plain old make sense. So let’s talk about a few of them.
1. Check the filter on your furnace. Are you changing it often enough? You’ve been running your heat all winter long, so by this time if you haven’t changed it, its likely good and filthy. Get that filter changed! Especially when you’re running your heat/ac its particularly helpful in eliminating some of those environmental factors like pollen and pet dander. Need some guidelines on managing your HVAC? Check HERE for more info.
2. Open doors and windows bring allergens in on the breeze. Everyone loves a home with open windows and fresh air, but it might just be the very thing making you miserable. Leave those things outside when you can. Close windows and doors. Leave shoes outside.
3. Vacuum your mattress, wash your bedding regularly and shower before bed. Freshening up can reduce allergens in your bed so you don’t sleep in them. Don’t forget to wash your hair in particular. Its closest to your face and is the perfect place for pesky pollen to hang out.
4. Once you’ve got that HVAC system all clean and shiny – RUN it. Environmental factors from outdoors creep into your house a number of ways. If you don’t want to run the heat/ac you don’t have to – just run the fan so that the inside air is being pulled through the filter. Don’t forget to put reminders on your calendar to CHANGE that filter regularly. Check out this great article from Discovery Fit and Health for more details.
5. You’ve heard me talk about them before probably, but the neti pot really can be your best friend. Your body’s first defense against airborne pathogens is your nose! Rinsing your sinuses daily will help to flush those things from your system rather than leaving them sitting there and waiting for the mucus to expel them. Never tried a neti pot? Here is my favorite - its actually a positive pressure squeeze bottle instead of a gravity driven rinse.
6. Vaccuum! Vaccuum again. And vaccuum one more time. Don’t dust things, suck them into your hoover unapologetically… preferrably one with a HEPA filter.
Sounds simple enough, right? Its nothing earth shattering or requiring major lifestyle changes, but you might find that these simple steps make a big difference in how you feel when all things sneezy are blooming and making you miserable.
Here’s to waking up free from crusty eyes and the constant companionship of a huge box of kleenex!