Summer Allergy Survival Guide

AdobeStock_123655925_small.jpgAllergies can happen at any time during the year, and summer is no exception. You don’t need to suffer though! Here are some tips to help you through summer allergies.  

What are some of the culprits? Early summer is a peak time for grass pollen, which many people are allergic to. Molds and dust can also trigger allergies, and those tend to be bigger problems indoors.

Use Neti pots or saline solution for nasal irrigation. These are simple and effective ways to rinse pollen and other allergens out of your nasal passages. As a bonus, it’s also a good way to keep them from getting dried out.

Eat well! This doesn’t mean over-eating at summer cookouts though. It’s better to avoid junk foods and eat more fruits and vegetables instead. Avoiding a lot of dairy products is also a good idea while you’re dealing with allergies. Doing all of this can help improve your quality of sleep, increase your energy, and even help you have clearer skin.

Workout inside. While you might prefer a morning run through the park or a neighborhood, pollen levels can make this a bad idea. If possible, switch to indoor workouts instead of outside activities.

Keep your living area clean. Cleaning your bedding and bedroom is so important when it comes to quality of sleep. Wash your bed linens on the hottest setting possible, and don’t dry them outside on clotheslines where they can collect pollen. It’s also a good idea to vacuum your mattress - this helps remove allergen and control dust mites.

It’s also helpful to declutter. Extra items sitting around mean extra surfaces for dust and pollen to accumulate, and you’re less likely to clean those areas if they’re hard to get to. Clutter can also be places for pests to hide, and those can cause allergies as well.

Invest in an air purifier. This helps to help filter the air will also help reduce allergens in your home. You can purchase a variety of single room air purifiers according to what you need. There are even options for your heating and cooling system that can treat all areas of your home at once.

If none of these tips seem to help, it’s probably time to visit an ENT who treats allergies. At Ashford ENT, we offer solutions suited to the individual needs of our patients. Give us a call!