Dealing with seasonal allergies can feel overwhelming. You may have a hard time sleeping, you may find it challenging to go out of the house, and you may struggle simply living your normal life. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to help manage your allergies. Here are some tips.
1. Eat Locally Grown Honey Year Round
One of the best things you can do is expose your body to the allergens in small doses. Locally grown honey is one of the best ways to get small traces of allergens into your system. Because the bees collect the pollen from your area, you can get exposed to the pollen when you eat the bees' honey. The honey then gives you a build-up against the allergens so that when the pollen starts to become a problem, you are already inoculated to it. If you only eat the honey during the time when you have the allergies, it won't be as effective. You need to have a good build-up, so eating local honey year round will be the best way to keep yourself free of seasonal allergies.
2. Wash Your Body, Hair, and Sheets Before Bed
Throughout the day, you will collect pollen and allergens on your hair, skin, and clothes. This means that by the end of the day you could have terrible reactions. This is why it is important to wash all of the pollen and allergens out of your body and your bedding before you go to sleep at night. If you sit in the allergens through the night, you could wake up with a terrible sore throat, puffy and itchy eyes, and so much more.
Wash your clothes often, and wash your sheets in the hottest water you can manage. This will insure that the allergens are out of your house and out of your bed.
3. Take Allergy Medication Before Allergy Season Starts
If you know you always have allergies in the spring then you should start taking the allergy medication weeks before the symptoms start. Allergy medication builds up a resistance to the allergies. If you start taking it only after you experience the symptoms, it could take a couple days, even weeks, before the medication kicks in. If you already have it in your system, it will be far more effective at helping you to manage the symptoms.
If after doing all these things you are still dealing with allergies, talk to a doctor, or a pediatrician for a child, about other treatments.