At an all-time high, 40 million Americans suffer from Allergic Rhinitis. Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, affects the nose and leaves some people feeling uncomfortable. Sneezing, watery eyes, problems with smell, itchy and runny nose are just some of the symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis. The cause of these symptoms can be anything from breathing in allergens like dust, mold or animal dander to the weather outside. Don’t let Allergic Rhinitis get the best of you, below are some tips on how to combat this dreaded allergy.
Here are some tips on how to minimize Allergic Rhinitis symptoms:
Check the pollen count and stay indoors during high pollen season to minimize symptoms.
Wear protection when going outside by shielding the eyes and wearing a hat to reduce direct contact.
Remove bathroom mold by using bleach or other topical cleaners to remove any irritants in your home.
Use hypoallergenic mattresses and wash sheets in hot water to safeguard your bedroom from any lingering allergens.
Leave the shoes at the door in an effort to avoid bringing residual allergens into your personal space.
Use a HEPA filter to keep the air quality high.
Clean your basement by eliminating mold with bleach and use caulk to seal any cracks or exposed crevices.
Dust accumulates, so remove clutter and dust your home frequently.
Use a range hood in the kitchen to remove any formaldehyde that may be circulating.
Steroid nasal spray can provide relief. Over the counter works just fine.
Antihistamine pills and sprays could minimize symptoms by reducing free floating histamine in your body.
Montelukcast sodium once a day to assist with resolving symptoms.
Inflammation can lower histamine release and improve your allergic rhinitis.
Proper hydration! When our nose is congested we begin to increase mouth breathing and in turn loose a significant amount of water. Replenish with good old H2O to keep your body primed to respond to allergic rhinitis.