Experts say this year's allergy season will be troublesome because pollen levels are extremely high. It's bad enough having to worry about COVID-19 without having to deal with watery, itchy, and burning allergy eyes, says Dr. Bruce Wylde, BSc., a leading alternative health expert. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter eye drops make your eyes sting and allergy drugs can give you "medicine head" feeling, he tells Newsmax.
Here are some natural tips on how to handle allergies:
- Understand that allergens are everywhere. "It's a common misconception that allergens are seasonal and only occur outdoors," says Wylde. "Your indoor air — including home, car, and office — is often more polluted." Change your home filter at least every three months, says the expert, and always use a HEPA filter. If you love having the windows open, get a special screen that helps filter out 50% of pollen.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat. "This can help keep allergens from getting into your eyes and hair," says Wylde.
- Remove outdoor allergens once you come home. Wylde advises changing your clothes when you walk through the door, washing your hair, and putting your pillow and pillow case regularly in the washer and dryer to avoid sleeping on the same pollen to which you were exposed to outdoors.
- Give your nose and eyes natural support. "Cleansing your nasal passages with a neti pot is a safe and natural way to keep sinus passages clear of bacteria and allergens," Wylde says. He also recommends using a gentle product like Similasan Allergy Eye Relief for red, watery, and itchy eyes, which contains only natural ingredients so you can use it frequently. It also helps activate your body's natural defense mechanisms to address the underlying problem, says Wylde.
- Exercise indoors on days when the pollen count is high or the air appears smoggy. "Nearly every city or market has a weather network or allergy association that monitors the pollen and smog indexes," says the expert, who has been featured in interviews with Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and other television personalities.
"The key to beating allergies is to change your behavior before symptoms become severe," Wylde concludes. "That way, you can help your body respond more effectively when it is exposed to allergens and finally enjoy all the good things that the season has to offer."
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