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Four Tips For Easier Breathing

1. DIAGNOSE YOUR ALLERGIES PROPERLY

Make an appointment with an allergist to discover exactly what you’re allergic to. Most allergy tests are nothing more than a scratch on the back— no needles are involved. Within about 25 minutes they can tell if you’re allergic to any test substance such as wheat, mold or dust mites.

2. CLEAN UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Remove the allergen from your life, or at least lessen your exposure to it.

  • Use a HEPA air purifier machine in your bedroom to clean the air.
  • Eradicate dust mites in your home. Freezing dust mites kills them. Wrap your pillow or blanket in plastic and leave in the freezer overnight. Then use anti-dust mite fabrics to cover your mattress, pillows and blankets.
  • Eradicate mold. Ventilate your home, especially the bathroom and kitchen. Use a dehumidifier set to 45% humidity. Fix any plumbing leaks. Wash visible mold with a solution of half bleach and half water.

3. WASH YOUR NASAL PASSAGES

One of the best treatments for seasonal allergies is a normal saline wash in the nose to wash all of those pollens away and help the sputum move the allergens back so they don’t stay in one place. Normal saline solution is available over-the-counter at any drugstore.

4. USE THE APPROPRIATE MEDICATION

Use a daily nasal spray or antihistamine allergy medication. Your doctor may recommend prescription allergy medication or immunotherapy.