You know the drill. Every spring the sun comes out. The weather starts to warm up, and the flowers start to bloom – achoo! Your sneezing has begun! It's allergy time once again! Within days your nose is red and raw from all the blowing. Your throat is scratchy and your head hurts. Every muscle in your body aches and you wish it were the dead of winter again. At least in the depth of frigid temperatures and knee-deep snow, your allergies stay at bay.
April showers may bring colorful flowers, but they bring spring allergies! Sure, there may be help on your local pharmacy counter, but who really wants to be popping antihistamines all season long? Besides, they often make you tired and cranky. Well, now you don't have to! There are some alternatives. Finding relief from your hay fever symptoms may be right under your nose!
Many doctors are now suggesting simple saline rinses to help relieve symptoms by flushing out the allergens in your nose that can take care of many of those pesky seasonal symptoms.
Done several times every day a simple saline rinse may help to flush excess mucus and pollen from your sinuses. And the salt solution also helps to shrink inflamed blood vessels in your nose like common decongestants, which will relieve many of the irritating symptoms associated with hay fever and other seasonal allergies without any medicinal side effects.
To try making a saline rinse at home, simply take a squirt bottle (it has to have a narrow tip); mix 8 ounces of water, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a sprinkle of baking soda together in the bottle (this will help thin the mucus in your nasal passages) and squirt. Or, you can buy pre-made mixtures or pre-measured kits at the local pharmacy. Simply squirt the solution into your nasal cavity several times a day.
Nasal creams have also been found effective in relieving nasal inflammation and keeping allergens away. A recent study found that a petroleum-based ointment applied to the inside of the nose reduced patients' allergy symptoms by 60 percent. Or, if that's unavailable, a simple put a dab of petroleum jelly on the tip of a cotton swab is known to do the trick. Simply dab a little on the inside of your nose.
As you can see, alleviating your hay fever symptoms doesn't have to difficult or expensive. Try these simple tips for quick relief. What do you have to lose, but the sneezes?