10 Creative Ways To Combat Allergies

10 Creative Ways To Combat Allergies

10 Creative Ways To Combat Allergies

April 29, 2016 - Leave a Comment

Allergies are no fun for anyone; they tow the line between sick and healthy and always seem to pop up when we’re least expecting them. There are many medications out there that will help most people, but for those continuously afflicted, you may need to take it up a notch in order to truly get rid of this bothersome occurrence. Allergies can come from many places including the great outdoors or your own carpet, and we’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks for combatting allergies all year long.

  1. Probiotics: Probiotics help balance our internal bacteria and boost our immune systems. When you have the right balance of probiotics in your diet, you may even be able to lay off the allergy medication. Probiotics have been proven to help with multiple pollen allergies, and could help with any other allergy as well. You should speak with your doctor about any questions you have about starting up on some probiotics.
  2. Local honey: If you have pollen allergies, this trick may be your savior during the high-pollen months. Instead of purchasing regular old mass-produced honey, try purchasing honey from a local farm and incorporating it in as many meals and drinks as you can. The theory here is that the local honey has traces of pollen from the area, giving your immune system a quick boost to combat those local allergens. Many people swear by this trick, so give it a try!
  3. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the greatest vitamins out there that can help boost your immune system while lowering the amount of histamines in your blood. Histamines are one of the main compounds that can start an allergy attack in a person, and with regular supplements or servings of Vitamin C, you’ll have much more of a defense against these pesky compounds.
  4. Vacuum: If you have an old or rickety vacuum, now would be a great time to invest in a new one. Even if you don’t have any carpet in your home, purchasing a vacuum can help take your clean floors to the next level. You can buy one with an advanced hose and use that to vacuum the nooks and crannies of your home, as well as your curtains and furniture. Allergy-causing dust mites can be living all around the home, and regular vacuuming can help nip lots of allergy issues in the bud.
  5. Keep Windows Closed: In springtime, the air may feel crisp and fresh, but this lovely spring air unfortunately comes hand-in-hand with springtime allergies. If you find yourself suffering outside, you may want to keep the windows closed as much as possible. Opening your windows just invites all the sneezy allergens into your home, and you’ve already suffered enough outside. Just use central air, an air conditioner, or a fan and leave the allergies outside.
  6. Leave Shoes at the Door: The most likely candidate to bring in germs and allergens from the outside world are right on your feet. Shoes are one of the only objects that we own that we drag all around the outdoors, and then right into our own home. By turning your house into a shoes-off home, you’ll be stopping lots of the mess from the outdoors before it even gets in the front door.
  7. Take A Hot Shower: Taking a hot, steamy shower will do more for your sinuses than you’d ever believed possible. When you’re in need of allergy relief, look no further than your own bathroom. Make the water nice and hot, and you’ll be able to breathe again in no time.
  8. Clean Your Pets: Your pets may be tracking in tons of allergens if they go outdoors at all. You can keep allergies at bay by washing off your pet’s feet when they get back in the house, and bathing them regularly. Even if you’re not allergic to their dander, you may be finding issues with dust and pollen that gets brought in on their fur. Regular brushing can also help keep pet hair around the home to a minimum, making your house and your sinuses clean and clear.
  9. Butterbur: Before trying the European wonderdrug that is butterbur, you should talk to your doctor. If you get the go-ahead, butterbur may be the allergy medication that you’ve always been looking for. Butterbur is a strong herb that has been proven to work as effectively as many of the major allergy medications on the market today.
  10. Spicy Foods: If you’re having a hard time with your allergies, try having a spicy meal to clean out your sinuses. Add some hot sauce to your breakfast to kick off the day right, or try a cleansing drink with cayenne in it. You’ll be able to breathe again through both nostrils in no time.

Do you have any tips for combatting allergies? Leave your tips below!

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