Give Your Allergies the Smack-Down!

April 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but my allergies have been TERRIBLE lately. I woke up on Sunday with a stuffy nose, uncontrollable sneezing..it seemed to come out of nowhere! Sneezing turned into a head cold, yada yada yada. Luckily with lots of sleep I’m feeling much better, but come on, I’m a busy lady and I don’t have time for this nonsense!

Here are some tips to get control of those allergies (thanks, Mom):

1. Change your environment: Make sure your home is clean, for crying out loud. Pick up the vacuum and get rid of the dust. Or call your cleaning lady and have her do it. Allergens are most concentrated in the air between 5pm-10pm, so while you don’t have to hide indoors, try closing the windows so you don’t allow pollens to enter. Try a HEPA filter, which can remove up to 90% of irritants in the air. And, if you’ve been outside (I know my neighborhood is overflowing with tree pollan, etc) leave your shoes at the door, and try changing your clothes.

2. Modify your diet: Try limiting your dairy intake, as milk products tend to cause mucous (also a good option when you have  a cold). Sugar increases your body’s inflammatory response, which can then increase your system’s allergic reactions. Certain fruits, too, are known to exacerbate allergy symptoms: apples, peaches, pears, and cherries. Weird, right?

3. Try a natural supplement: Quercetin (stinging nettle) can help, as can butterbur. Of course, if you have more serious symptoms or asthma, it’s best to consult your doctor before trying any natural remedies.

4. Try Acupuncture:  It helps, trust me.

How are your allergies this season? Have you tried any of the above?

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