Experts have been predicting a tough spring for seasonal allergy sufferers since winter. Blaming the extra snow and wet conditions for the high pollen counts, allergists across New England spent early February and March warning the population of the rough season ahead.
Yet, as they always seem to do, allergies have hit people hard this year despite the extra preparation. And it seems that everyone has been taking to social media to voice their frustrations—a phenomenon you can read about on our Allergy Post – Part 1.
If you are one of these sufferers, you know about the stuffy noses, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing that come inevitably wit allergy season. And chances are you have exhausted your typical allergy relief options during this particularly bad season.
Twin Pines experts are here to help! After years of working out in the field during allergy season, our experts have constructed a handful of go-to tips for handling their allergies, that are sure to help ease the stress this spring!
Tip 1. – Showering Before Bed
Showering after a long day is the perfect solution to alleviating your allergies during the night and into the next morning. Microscopic pollen particles cling to your clothes, skin, and mostly your hair when you’re outdoors during allergy season. Taking a shower at night gives you a chance to free yourself of all of these particles and will give you a sense of relief from the often all-consuming allergy symptoms. Whether that means switching up your daily routine to shower at night rather than in the morning, or throwing in a second shower of the day, the relief you will get from this simple act will definitely be worth it.
Tip 2. – Washing Your Bedding
For many, adding this extra shower into their routine proves difficult, so more often than not, people end up going to sleep with the pollen still on their bodies. However, this act allows pollen to spread onto your sheets, pillows, and blankets, where it will stay night after night until these linens are changed or washed. Making a habit of changing your sheets as often as possible during allergy season will help reduce the pollen count in your room, and help you sleep at night.
Tip 3. – Wet Itchy Eyes With A Washcloth
For those whose allergy symptoms tend to revolve around itchy, swollen eyes, you are sure to be familiar with the discomfort that comes with these symptoms. If showering is not an option for you when these symptoms strike, simply wet a paper towel or washcloth with cold water, and dab at the inner corner of your eyes. If they have become swollen, lean back and rest the damp cloth over your closed eyes, letting the cool water soothe you. This is a very quick and effective tip for allergy sufferers on the go.
Tip 4. – Take A Spoonful Of Local Honey
While this option may sound a little far-fetched, experts have found this trick incredibly helpful. Eating honey made by bees in your area, will help your body build up resistance to the pollen in the honey, which is the same pollen triggering your symptoms. Try attending farmers markets or shopping in local grocery stores to find this honey, then eat a tablespoon daily for the remainder of allergy season. You will feel the relief soon after your begin this process!
While these past few weeks have been some of the most pollen-filled we’ve ever seen in New England, you don’t have to sit back and suffer silently. Make use of some of our expert tips, and if those aren’t enough to help, consider allergy medicines that may ease your discomfort during this time.
Check back with Twin Pines Landscaping for our Allergy Post Part 3., in which we will describe the best plants to have in your yard during allergy season. With a little planning, you can begin planting these flowers this year so that by the time next spring rolls around, you will have a yard that is both filled with flowers, and easy on your allergies!