7 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies

Spring allergies can be a pain to manage. From itching to sneezing, it can be tough to catch a break! Luckily, there are many steps you can take to minimize the severity of your symptoms. Keep reading for seven ways to fight spring allergies.

1. Take antihistamines or decongestants

These medications will help treat your sniffles, itching, and stuffy nose. Antihistamines block histamine, which is a chemical released by your immune system during an allergic reaction. Make sure to opt for the non-drowsy variety during the day, especially if you need to drive or go into work. Decongestants can be used for immediate relief from nasal and sinus congestion. Both antihistamines and decongestants are available in the form of pills, liquids, and nasal drops or sprays.

2. Use a HEPA filter to minimize indoor allergens

Dust mites, mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens can worsen your allergies. HEPA filters are highly effective at trapping these allergens and can help bring allergy relief.

3. Buy a saltwater nasal spray or neti pot

Saline nasal sprays are the simplest solution for allergies because they don’t involve medication. Nasal salines can help clear out your nasal passages by removing dried mucus. You can buy a saline solution at your pharmacy, or make your own saline solution at home out of 3 teaspoons of non-iodized salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, and 8 ounces of distilled or boiled water.

4. Deep clean your house

Carpets, drapes, blankets, and quilts are all magnets for dust and allergens! Vacuum once or twice a week, wash your sheets, and clean your countertops to ease allergies.

5. Stay indoors on dry, windy days

To reduce your exposure to allergens, stay inside on extra windy days. The best time to go outside is after a rainy day, which helps clear pollen from the air.

6. Eat allergy-fighting foods

Ginger extract and foods rich in Vitamin C can improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis and improve your quality of life. Ginger extract is anti-allergic and can help reduce inflammation and irritation in the nasal passages, eyes, and throat, Foods high in Vitamin C include broccoli, kale, melons, cauliflower, strawberries, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

7. Try natural remedies

Ask your pharmacist about the following natural remedies for allergies:

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Glutathione
  • D-Hist
  • Sinatrol

At Central Drugs, we can help you get back out there to enjoy your day! Give us at (877) 447-7077 or email us at clinicalrph@centraldrugsrx.com if you would like to learn more about allergy products. You don’t have to deal with these frustrating symptoms alone. We can help!