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5 Allergy Hacks for Spring

Posted by: Mira Roberts

Seasonal allergies wreak sinus havoc on millions of people throughout the United States each year, and in Coastal Virginia, we're not exempt. From tree pollen to ragweed, grass and mold, we have our share of allergens blowing around. If you've ever woken up with itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and skin irritation, you know how tricky it can be to get out in spring without feeling down.

Spending an entire season indoors searching for allergy relief can be exhausting and downright unfair. Before you throw up your hands in defeat, consider taking preventative steps to keep harmful allergens at bay and reduce your symptoms naturally and effectively.

We've compiled a few simple allergy hacks to help get you get back outside and enjoy your active life, all season long. Do more than survive this spring, and enjoy beautiful weather, flowering trees and the fruits of the season outdoors with these easy steps.

As always, we recommend you consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

  1. Wash, wash and wash pollen away. From the moment you step outside, your body, clothes and hair are collecting pollen blowing off of plants and trees in bloom. To keep your symptoms down, remember to wash your clothes and bedding in hot water, regularly. Take showers at the end of each day to wash off extra pollen left on your hair or skin. Try to regularly wash your pets (their fur collects pollen, too!) and wipe dow/dust furniture more frequently to keep indoor allergens away.
  2. Wear sunglasses. Keeping your eyes covered can go a long way in preventing the sore, itchy and runny eyes associated with seasonal allergies. Sunglasses block pollen from blowing into your eyes. The more you wear them in spring, the less exposure you'll have to allergens that can keep you hiding out indoors.
  3. Drink peppermint tea. Warm tea can help to instantly relieve irritated mucous membranes, and peppermint has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. As a bonus, it's refreshing menthol scent will invigorate your senses and perk you up when allergies may start to slow you down.
  4. Vitamin C. Load up on Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine, to help combat inflammation from pesky pollen and spores. Whether you prefer to get your Vitamin C through nutrition and diet or a supplement, make sure to first consult your doctor before adding anything new to your routine.
  5. Avoid Alcohol. Alcohol causes your blood vessels to dilate, much like allergens do, and if you want to keep inflammation down, try to stay away from that extra glass of wine or beer.

Most importantly, try to enjoy yourself this season and spend time laughing with the ones you love! Stress is known to do damage to your immune system, while happiness will give you the boost in immunity your body needs to stay well all year long.



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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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