Get natural relief during allergy season
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May 11, 2011 | 2489 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and congestion — these are just some of the symptoms that millions of people have to deal with every day, all from allergens being inhaled through the nasal passages. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in three Americans suffer from sinus related symptoms, and that number continues to grow.

“Allergy sufferers require longer term care, so I try to recommend all-natural solutions that keep the sinuses clear for extended periods of time,” said Dr. Rohit K. Katial, MD, staff physician and professor at National Jewish Health in Denver and Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. “One of the most useful practices allergy sufferers can undertake is to use a daily sinus rinse, which helps relieve allergy symptoms naturally.”

Sinus rinse has been used in other parts of the world for hundreds of years and is a practice that is recommended by approximately 98 percent of all ENTs and allergists, according to Lynx Research Consulting.

“Just like washing your hands, it’s important to rinse out your sinuses as part of a daily routine to stay healthy,” said Dr. Katial. “With all the sinus wash products available on the market, I recommend Waterpik’s line of sinus rinse products, Waterpik SinuSense, because of ease of use, ergonomic feel, soft tip for sealing and the flow control valve.”

Katial says that Waterpik SinuSense offers a natural, easy, effective and BPA-free option for the treatment and prevention of sinus-related symptoms.

In addition to sinus wash, there are some simple tips to follow that help reduce and prevent exposure to allergens:

* Vacuum often

Vacuuming once or twice a week may reduce the surface dust mites; and make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter to capture dust and allergens. Also, wear a mask when doing housework, and consider leaving for a few hours after you clean to avoid inhaling allergens stirred up in the air.

* Control dust mites

You can’t get rid of them, but you can take steps to help keep them under control and lessen your exposure to them. Consider covering mattresses and pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers. Launder sheets and blankets every week in hot water - to kill dust mites, the water needs to reach at least 130 degrees Farenheit.

* Reduce pet dander

If you don’t want to part with your pet, keep it out of the bedroom. It’s also recommended that you have someone without a pet allergy brush the pet outside to remove dander as well as to clean the litter box or cage. Additionally, bathe the pet frequently to reduce the allergen levels.

* Limit pollen exposure

Prevent pollen from entering your home by keeping your windows and doors closed. Set your central air conditioning to “recirculate,” which can keep some pollen and mold from getting into the home, and use a HEPA air filter. And limit your outdoor activity during high pollen and mold counts - find out the pollen count through local weather reports or on sites such as www.pollen.com.

* Avoid mold spores

If you reduce the moisture in the bathroom and kitchen, you will reduce mold. Fix any leaks inside and outside of your home, and clean moldy surfaces. Dehumidifiers will also help reduce mold.

It’s impossible to completely avoid exposure to allergens - so what else can you do to help relieve symptoms? Talk with your doctor about the best all-natural treatment options for you and the allergy sufferer in your life.

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