And 3 things to do to stop blowing your nose.
So now you know that climate change and unpredictable weather patterns (thanks polar vortex!) are to blame for your extra-sneezy spring. But here’s something you may not know: This fall’s ragweed season lasts longer every year—the official season has lengthened by 27 days since 1995. So once your spring allergy symptoms have eased, brace yourself for a tough fall. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to save your nose from a whole lot of wiping:
See an allergist to determine exactly what it is that you’re allergic to. While you’re there, get a prescription strong enough to tackle your symptoms—there may even be an over-the-counter medication that can make you feel better.
Avoid the triggers. Once you know what’s setting you off, steer clear of it. Keep the windows in your house and car closed, avoid spending time outside when pollen counts are at their highest (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), and wash your bedding, clothes, and pajamas in hot water to wash away any allergens.
Try a neti pot. The funny looking water container with the tiny spout can be just what the doctor ordered. It uses body-temp saline solution to rinse out your nasal cavities. All you have to do is pour the solution in one nostril and let it flow out the other. Many folks who make neti pots part of their daily routine see a marked improvement in allergy symptoms and sinus congestion.
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