When you have seasonal allergies, every spring can be a challenge, but medical professionals are claiming that 2011 may be the worst allergy season on record. If you’re one of those red-eyed, runny-nosed masses, you could just spend the next few weeks hiding in your room wearing a dust mask, or you could try to salvage springtime by trying a few basic strategies.
If you’re one of those who hasn’t found total relief with medication or prefer to limit your use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, a neti pot might be the perfect solution for you. These small teapot-looking devices are used to flush out the nostrils with a saline solution. While a 2009 report from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology notes that frequent nose irrigation via neti pots or other tools may lead to sinus infections, occasional use of neti pots could offer some relief.
As the Mayo Clinic recommends, you might want to stay indoors on dry, windy days to lessen your exposure to allergens. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to turn into a couch potato. During those days when your local pollen count is especially high, find ways to boost your energy level and fitness such as incorporating quick indoor workouts that will get you feeling better now and looking better in time for swim suit season.
Avoid the Sleepless-in-Spring Cycle
Research shows that allergies can significantly impair sleep. Exhaustion will, of course, make you feel even worse. Working to get the best night’s rest possible can go a long way to improving the quality of your sleep and your overall well being.
Lower Your Child’s Allergy Risk
In addition to fighting your own symptoms now, consider how you can keep your kids from a similar fate. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found that low vitamin D levels were linked to allergies in kids. The findings don’t prove that a lack of vitamin D causes allergies, but it may give some added incentive to ensure that your child is getting the recommended dietary intake of vitamin D daily.
Although the study did not find a connection between vitamin D and allergies in adults, vitamin D can benefit you in other ways. In fact, an overall healthy diet for your whole family will keep you all strong and help to ensure that, when allergy season is over, you will all be ready to take advantage of the warmer days together.