Tips for Surviving Allergy Season
Bad news for allergy sufferers: thanks to climate change, those warm winters we have been seeing are here to stay. That means longer growing seasons, and more time for plants to produce all that pollen that is giving you sneezing fits. Fortunately, Time has a few remedies for those of you looking to alleviate your symptoms without loading up on medications like antihistamines and decongestants.
Here are 5 things you can try for allergy relief:
1. Allergy drops – Drops of a small bit of allergen under the tongue can help boost your immune system’s tolerance to allergies. Unfortunately this remedy is not yet available in the states, because it still needs to be approved by the FDA.
2. Herbal remedies and supplements – According to Time there are several natural remedies found in some health groceries and pharmacies that may be worth trying.
3. Exercise – Also an immune system booster. If exercising outside triggers your allergies, try working out indoors, or at least avoid exercising between 5:00 am and 9:00 am, when pollen levels are highest.
4. Foods high in antioxidants, natural antihistamines and omega-3 fatty acids – These foods include apples, red onions, grapes, raspberries, salmon and tuna.
5. Acupuncture – While traditionally viewed as a pain reliever, acupuncture may help to alleviate allergy symptoms, too.