Fall Allergies Soon On Their Way
August 27, 2013

Fall Allergies Soon On Their Way

Something that happens often because I write about health is that different companies and people will contact me about their products. I recently received an email from one such website called Greensations. The email was about the upcoming fall allergy season and included some helpful allergy tips, so I figured I would share those with the redOrbit readers.

The Greensations website explains five tips for allergy health during the fall season:

1) Discover What Causes Your Sinus Problems         

Certain people are more prone to sinus problems. You may have narrow sinus passages, or a deviated nasal septum. Nasal polyps can also grow in sinus passages and block drainage. Whatever the cause, to help avoid sinus problems it’s important to keep the sinus pathways in each sinus open so they can drain properly.

2) Humidify Your Indoor Air

A dry climate or heated indoor air dries out your nasal membranes. Dryness can result in crusting and cracking, and as a result, mucus isn’t cleared as effectively, which may increase your risk of sinus problems. Add humidity to your indoor air but keep it low in winter, and consider using a room humidifier in the bedroom from October until April.

3) Irrigate Your Nasal Passages   

Irrigate your nasal passages with a saline solution to remove allergens, irritants, and excess mucus. You can use a drug store saline spray. Or make your own solution at home and use a nasal irrigation system such as a Neti pot. It’s important to note that, according to the CDC, if you are irrigating, flushing, or rinsing your sinuses, use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution. It’s also important to rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

4) Open Up Your Sinuses   

Apply a warm moist washcloth to your face several times a day. This can help open up the transition spaces in your sinuses. Keep your nasal passages moist. Inhale steam two to four times a day. One simple way: Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower running. Drink plenty of fluids, which will help thin the mucus.

5) Avoid Sinus Irritants    

Many environmental irritants can worsen your sinus problems, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, hairspray, and any other material that gives off fumes. If you smoke, it’s important to quit. Avoid others who smoke, or ask them to smoke outside. On high air pollution days, stay indoors if possible. Should you get a HEPA air filter for your bedroom or office? That depends on what irritates your sinuses. HEPA filters are good at removing airborne particles related to dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. But allergens don’t just remain in the air. They can be found in your carpets, upholstery, and other areas. If your sinus problems are triggered by allergies, ask your doctor if a HEPA air filter makes sense for you.

WebMD also suggests that those with allergies keep pollen under control by cleaning every surface, washing rugs, cleaning bedding, and keeping indoor air clean. A combination of health methods and cleaning can really help those of us who suffer from different allergies to at least lessen allergy attacks if not completely control them.

For those who do not suffer from allergies, this may not be the most helpful blog, but for those of us who do, any and all tips are welcomed. At least that is how I feel about them. I do not have severe allergies, but even the occasional itchy eye, runny nose, sneezing, and breathing issues are enough. Many people have serious enough allergy issues that they have to take medication daily, receive regular allergy shots, and even wear masks.

The best advice I have is to be aware of allergens and work to control them. We can’t always do that, but we can definitely work toward minimizing our allergy attacks.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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