Things You Can Do Now To Prevent Allergy Symptoms This Spring

Posted on: 21 January 2016

Allergy season is just around the corner. Fortunately for the 58 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, there is still plenty of time to prepare. 

The following are six things you can do in mid-winter to reduce the chances that this spring will be made miserable by seasonal allergies:

Start routinely cleaning your home

Allergy symptoms can often be significantly reduced if you keep dust and dirt in your house under control. By starting a more stringent cleaning regime now, you can be sure that your interior air will be cleaner come spring.

In particular, start working regular vacuuming into your cleaning regime. Regularly vacuuming will minimize the presence of dust and pollen in your floors once springs starts and you start going outdoors more regularly. 

Go out and buy some air filters

Fortify your home against springtime allergens by stocking up on HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresting) air filters. This tip elf filter is capable of removing 99.97 percent of debris particles from the air of your home. 

Start keeping your pets off of furniture

Pet dander can cause and aggravate seasonal allergies. Now is a good time to begin training your pets to stay off of furniture. 

When you do your vacuuming, use your vacuum cleaner attachments on your furniture--taking the time to vacuum under cushions and furniture pieces if possible--to maximize the effectiveness of your cleanings.

Start taking quercetin supplements

Quercetin is an all-natural antioxidant and bioflavonoid. It helps allergy sufferers by stabilizing mast cells. This prevents the cells from releasing histamine, the compound that causes allergy symptoms.

Another benefit of quercetin for allergy sufferers is that the antioxidant is known for reducing inflammation. Inflammation aggravates allergy symptoms and leads to many additional health problems. 

Of course, you should consult with your doctor before taking this and any supplement. Those who are pregnant or who use hormonal contraceptives might want to avoid quercetin. Also, the supplement is not advisable for those who suffer from liver conditions. 

Learn to cook some spicy recipes

Spicy foods are known for freeing the sinuses and preventing congestion. If you make one spicy meal a day as part of your springtime diet, you might notice a significant reduction in your allergy symptoms. 

See your ENT specialist

If you suffer from allergies every spring, it's a good idea to prepare for allergy symptoms in advance rather than deal with them after they've already become a nuisance.

Visit your ENT specialist now for a prescription allergy medication. This way, you can get a powerful antihistamine in your system as soon as possible to minimize the amount of time that you're experiencing discomfort because of allergies.