Allergies are a hard fact of life for many people. You might have an allergy to a specific substance, like pet hair or dust. Or you could have a general allergy to pollen like many people. Soon the weather will be warming up and we’ll be spending more time outside, so use these tips to relieve your child’s (and your own) allergies.
1. Take your shoes off at the door.
Our shoes track the most pollen and allergens into the home. If you have a coat with fur or hair on it, shake that off at the door too, or leave it outside.
2. Shower before you sleep.
Pollen clings easily to skin and hair. The more hair (and longer hair) you have, the more pollen will follow you around. Consider showering before you go to sleep at night. The humidity and steam will also help clear out the sinuses so you can fall asleep.
3. Change out any air filters.
Lots of appliances in our home use filters, like your furnace, car, and air conditioners. These filters can trap pollen and dust and keep it inside your home. Swap them out, even if it’s earlier than recommended.
4. Check the pollen count.
On pollen.com, you can check the pollen count in your area. Use this chart to plan your day. On high pollen days, plan indoor activities.
5. Dry your clothes in a dryer.
Clothes that hang on an outdoor line can easily trap allergens in the material and make your allergies worse while wearing them throughout the day.
6. Clear out the sinuses.
Allergens can get trapped in the mucus in our noses and sinus cavities and continue to irritate us and our kids. Plus, a stuffy head is a miserable feeling. Use a neti pot or simply a hot, steamy room to thin out the mucus and flush it all out.
7. Take a daily fish oil supplement.
A study of people with asthma caused by allergies found that people who took fish oil regularly had lower levels of leukotrienes, chemicals that cause allergic reactions. You can find fish oil in any supermarket or pharmacy.
8. Wear hats and sunglasses.
Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses can prevent pollen from blowing into the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. This way you and your kids won’t have to deal with an itchy, watery face.
9. Try the herb butterbur
Butterbur is a natural herb with a track record of relieving allergy symptoms in the same way an antihistamine does, but without the sleepiness.
10. Take an antihistamine.
When our bodies experience an allergic reaction, we release a chemical called histamine. This is what makes our eyes water and our nose and throats stuffy. Antihistamines, naturally, block histamine. Some are short acting, some last longer, and most cause drowsiness. Consult your pediatrician before giving one to a child.
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Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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