Allergy problems? As a fellow allergy suffer, I completely empathize with your plight. There is some relief in the fact that it’s winter, which usually means the cold frosts will reduce the pollen count. However, we all know that the cold weather isn’t always sufficient to stop everyone’s environmental allergies. Here are some tips for taking care of those allergy problems.

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6 Ways to Beat Allergies This Year

1. Drink Plenty of Warm Liquids
Just like having a cold, drinking lots of warm liquids (especially green and herbal teas) should help your body hydrate and flush out allergens naturally. Coffee does not work as well, since it can act as a diuretic and make you dehydrated. Chicken soup is also a good idea. I personally recommend drinking plenty of green tea and hibiscus tea.

2. Buy an Air Purifier
Having an air purifier in your house will help combat the effects of dust and pet dander, two leading causes of indoor environmental allergies. Be sure to change the filter at least once a year. Combining this with a regular sweeping and cleaning of your floors and surfaces will help reduce the total amount of dust, and therefore the total amount of dust mites in your house, which are high up on many allergy lists.

3. Antihistamine
Taking antihistamines in pill form can be an excellent way to stay on top of your allergies. Try to find one that is non-drowsy. There are numerous over-the-counter options that will help you stay on top of your game this allergy season. You should also consult your doctor to see if he or she has any opinions on which antihistamines are the most effective.

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4. Nasal sprays
Whether you are using a steroid nasal spray or an antihistamine nasal spray, you might find that these medications help your nasal passages stay open during those tough times. As noted on the packaging, be sure to ask your doctor before using these products for an extended period of time.

5. Hot showers
Who doesn’t love a good hot shower? These are a great idea to help open your nasal passages. The hotter, the better – steam from the shower will help clear out your sinuses and will help you breathe better. Taking a long, hot bath is also a good idea to accomplish the same thing.

6. Meditation
Studies have shown that increased levels of stress can make your allergies worse. You can control your stress and anxiety by meditating frequently. In doing so, you can reduce the impact that natural stress hormones can have on your allergic response. There are plenty of other benefits too – increased creativity, increased focus, and general health benefits.

Try any or all of these methods to get a handle on your allergies this season. See what works best for you. Best of luck out there!

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The views expressed here are those of the author himself, and not necessarily those of any medical facility or physician. This article is intended to provide those reading it with information about matters of current interest. It should not be construed as legal or medical advice concerning a specific topic and should not be acted upon without contacting the appropriate professionals.
Steve Bronson
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This guest post was written by Steve Bronson in association with Doctors Imaging. They're radiologists concerned about quality patient care and the physical fitness of people all over the planet. More information can be found at www.doctorsimaging.com/.

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