Do you suffer from spring-time allergies? For many of us the annual blooming of plants and release of pollen into the atmosphere brings a runny nose, watery eyes and a very itchy skin. When we are exposed to pollen, either through inhaling or by direct contact with the skin, the body releases histamines which then lead to these inflammation-related symptoms. It can leave us feeling fatigued and irritable when we should be enjoying spring, the season of renewal and rejuvenation, in all its glory.
There is unfortunately no cure for spring allergies and they are impossible to avoid, but there are ways to reduce exposure and to manage the symptoms.
Tips to manage your spring allergies
- Try to stay indoors when the pollen count is highest (usually in the mornings) and keep doors and windows closed to keep allergens out.
- Vacuum regularly, but be sure to wear a mask and protective clothing to avoid the dust and pollen that is kicked up in the process. Clean places where dust, mold and pollen tend to collect.
- Wash your hair more regularly, especially after going outside, because hair attracts and collects pollen easily.
- Wear soft and loose fabrics, such as cotton, that is more tolerable to a sensitive and itchy skin. Try to cover the body as much as possible when going outside.
- Reduce your alcohol intake. Naturally occurring histamine in alcohol could worsen your symptoms.
- Stress less. Stress affects your immune system and can intensify your response to allergens.
- Calm and soothe skin allergies and rashes with plant-based ointments such as the African Potato Cream which contains natural ingredients high in anti-inflammatory properties.
- Treat the delicate area around the nose that may be aggravated from continuously having to wipe a runny nose with a gentle anti-microbial ointment, like the Clear Skin Gel, to prevent bacteria from infecting broken skin and causing further inflammation.
- Use a face cream, like the Revive Moisturiser, that is formulated for sensitive skin and that can help reduce redness, puffiness and inflammation.
- Consult a doctor about taking anti-histamines which can help reduce allergy symptoms.