Stuffed Up? You Don’t Have to Be.
There are so many things to love about Fall. The weather cools down and away from those hot summer heat waves. The leaves change color and fall. It's even my favorite time of year to go camping.
But there's 1 thing that seems to ruin Fall for most of us. Seasonal allergies. After all, how can you breathe in the fresh Fall air if you're stuffed up?
So I dug up 8 different ways to help you breathe easy this Fall. Hopefully, you get some use out of them.
The Air Around Your Nose
To start, you may need to protect your sinuses when you go outdoors. We all love working in the yard, but it can whip up a lot of dust, grass and other things that can fly right into your nose.
The solution? Well, we all have a few masks laying around at home after the past couple of years. Try slipping one on to keep all the unwanted bacteria away from your nose.
But it doesn't stop when you leave your yard. Make sure to clean off when you come back indoors. Rinse off your hands and face. If you got extra dirty, change your clothes.
You may be inside now, but seasonal bacteria can still latch on to you & come inside. This is especially important when you've been outside for a while.
Next up is one you probably haven't thought to do. Try running your AC. You might be thinking "Jeff, it's getting colder outside. I want to run my heat, not my AC!"
Well, that's part of the problem. Your heater dries out the air around you, which in turn dries out your sinuses. By simply running your AC every now and then, you add some key moisture back into the air of your home or even your car.
Speaking of air, try investing in a HEPA filter. Adding a HEPA air filter in your most-used rooms can help limit your exposure to icky sinus bugs.
The Air Already In Your Nose
So far, all of my tips have dealt with the air around you. But I've got a few tips on how to take care of your sinuses as well. After all, you can't clean a chimney by cleaning the bricks around it. You have to deal with the gunk on the inside. Your sinuses are the same way.
First, you can use humidifiers. You see, most of the sinus problems people deal with in the fall have to do with the new dry air. All the moisture gets sucked out, and your sinuses don't always drain properly.
But a humidifier can help with that. It adds moisture back into the air so you aren't as affected.
Another way is to pick the right drinks. Try sipping on some decaffeinated, herbal tea. The vapors can both soothe your irritated sinuses and even help with drainage. Plus, it's a great way to unwind after a long day.
If things get really rough, you can always try a saline nasal spray. It's a natural option that clears out bacteria at a decent speed. Plus, it's non-habit forming, unlike the other over-the-counter options.
Seasonal allergies suck. I get that just as much as everyone else. So hopefully, some of these tips help you breathe a little easier this fall.
I know I’ll be sipping on some tea today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.