Seasonal allergies don’t have to be the norm this spring or fall. In addition to your acupuncture treatments use these 3 tips to beat seasonal allergies at home.
-Rinse Your Sinuses Twice per Day
Use a neti pot or saline sinus rinse twice per day. If you are using a neti pot use the right amount of salt and distilled water. Wash your neti pot in the dishwasher. If you have trouble using a neti pot, be sure to tuck your chin, tilt your head sideways, breathe through your mouth and lean over the sink at the waist (not bending forward from your neck). Be sure to blow your nose after rinsing.
-Change Your Pillowcase Daily
Allergens, dust and pollen are airborne and attach to your hair and skin. You spend 8 hours with your face on a pillow at night. That pillow is covered with days and days worth of allergens and irritants from the environment. Gross! Change your pillowcase daily so you aren't breathing in yesterday's (or last week's!) environmental yuckiness. Consider an allergen blocking pillow and mattress cover.
-Check Your Furnace Filter
Change your air filter according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Get an air filter rated MERV-13 or higher to filter out the most pollutants out of your home's air as possible. Additionally, consider an air purifier for your work environment or bedroom. Be sure to clean and replace the filter according to the manufacturer's recommendation to keep it working optimally.
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Meaghan Massella, M.Ac, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM) is an acupuncturist, business owner and mother of 2.