Here in the Pacific NW, the cherry trees, daffodils, tulips, daphnes, rhododendrons, magnolias, and many other beautiful flowering trees and plants are blooming. While this makes the area absolutely gorgeous, it also sends people into my office wondering how to stop the sneezing and itchy eyes.
Fortunately, there some things you can do to make this time of year more enjoyable.
- Get an air filter for your home so you are not exposed to pollens all night long while you sleep.
- Take your shoes off before coming into the house---don't track the pollen in! Ask others to do the same.
- Wear sunglasses or other protective eye gear while you're out to minimize the amount of exposure--as you know, once you start itching your eyes, it's hard to stop. This is because rubbing them recruits more histamine to the site, causing even more itching!
- If you have carpets, get them cleaned at least every spring. Or even better, replace them with hardwood or tiled floors, which are easier to keep clean.
- Consider doing a "Spring Cleanse" for your body*. By making sure your liver, kidneys, lungs, GI tract, and skin are all in good working order, you can decrease how reactive your body is to elements it is normally allergic to.
*any type cleansing or fasting should be supervised by a health care practitioner. If you have not seen a doctor in the past year, please consult one before cleansing or fasting.