Contrary to what you might think, Arizona is filled with more than just desert. In fact, there are a number of diverse environments that thrive throughout the year. Most of these environments make the perfect breeding ground for seasonal allergens. With the combination of dust, pollen, blooming plants, grass, and flowers, it can be tough to battle Arizona allergies. Instead of taking refuge indoors, there are a number of ways to fight your symptoms and enjoy each day.
1. See an Allergist
The best way to effectively battle your Arizona allergies is to see a professional allergist. This is the only way to know exactly what’s causing your allergy symptoms, which is the first step to overcoming them.
2. Start Medications Early
Once you know what you’re allergic to, start taking your medication early. If you start taking medication before your symptoms, it’s much easier to successfully alleviate them. Consider your specific allergens, where you live, and when things start to bother you the most.
If you’d rather avoid taking products like Zyrtec, Claritin, or Benadryl, there are a number of natural treatment options available.
3. Use a Saltwater Rinse
One of the best ways to alleviate a stuffy nose is by using a saline (saltwater) nose rinse. Instead of turning to pharmaceutical products, grab a neti pot or create your own rinse at home. Just make sure that the water used is filtered and clean.
4. Consider Sublingual Immunotherapy
The idea is similar to allergy shots, but can be done at home without any painful injections. They work to desensitize your immune system from allergies in a natural and comfortable manner. Just apply the drops directly underneath your tongue and in accordance with your physician’s recommendations.
5. Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system plays a critical role in your everyday health. When it’s strong and your body has all the nutrients it needs, allergy symptoms are reduced drastically. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, managing stress, and eating nutrient-rich food. If your diet is lacking anything, talk to a physician about taking natural supplements.
6. Start Spring Cleaning
A thorough spring cleaning will help remove any allergens from the inside of your home. Make sure you give everything a true deep clean and include all of the levels in your home. Lift and shake out rugs, take off sofa cushions, and don’t forget to hit those hard to reach areas. This helps reduce any buildup and will ensure your allergies don’t flair up at home.
7. Have a Nightly Shower
Finally, if you’re a morning person, consider switching to a nightly shower routine. Doing so will not only relax you for bed, it will also wash away the day’s allergens. This means you’ll get a great, uninterrupted night of sleep without allergens on your pillow or bedclothes and start the morning symptom-free.
If you’re struggling with your allergies, give us a call at Desert Wellness Center. We are equipped with the tools and information you need to battle your Arizona allergies safely, effectively, and naturally. Call us today for more information at (480) 361-5188.