A recent article in The Boston Globe shares five surprising tips to avoid spring allergies.
- Using allergy drops under the tongue - These are not yet available in the U.S., as they're not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Allergy-fighting foods - Recent research has suggested that antioxidant rich foods can lower one's chance of developing allergies. These include green tea and red foods such as apples and raspberries.
- Exercise - Physical activity has been proven to help maintain the immune system, which could relieve some allergy symptoms. Just avoid exercising outdoors when the pollen counts are high.
- Acupuncture - A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that this practice may relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies (12 treatments during eight weeks provided modest relief).
- Dripless nasal sprays - Prescription steroid nasal sprays have become much easier to use. Several even have generic versions including triamcinolone (Nasacort) and fluticasone propionate (Flonase).
In order to protect your sleep zone from harmful allergens, consider protecting your mattress with a mattress encasement like the ones from Protect-A-Bed. You can also follow some of these helpful tips from a previous post to help you fight seasonal allergies this spring.