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  • Writer's pictureDr. Doug Pooley

Beating Seasonal Allergies and Sinusitis

Finally! Good-bye to cold, snowy weather. Hello to green grass, trees and flowers blooming...and unfortunately the seasonal allergies that come along with it! If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nasal congestion, here are some tips to help minimize your symptoms so you can enjoy the outdoors once again:

  • Sinus Rinsing: Rinsing in the morning and at night are a good way to flush the allergen or irritants out of the nasal passages. These irritants are what trigger an allergic reaction so minimizing the irritants by flushing them out will minimize allergy symptoms

  • Minimize outdoor exposure during your severe allergy attack days, including keeping windows closed and avoid hanging your clothes/laundry outside as well

  • Cold laser therapy applied to your sinuses is a pain-free way to decrease inflammation and pain which helps to minimize symptoms of allergies

  • Acupuncture is a form of Chinese Medicine which has been used for thousands of years to aid in treating allergy symptoms

  • A good air purifier is helpful to remove allergens that have snuck into the house. It is an especially good idea to use it in your bedroom which will make for a more comfortable sleep

  • Eating a tablespoon of locally grown honey is helpful in minimizing your body’s allergic reaction to local allergens. Honey can also boost your immune system as well as your energy

  • Drink lots of water! Water will help keep you hydrated as well as flushing out toxins and allergens in your body

  • Regular exercise is an excellent way to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage as well as improve natural endorphin production. Simply walking 20 minutes per day goes a long way in minimizing allergy symptoms

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