By Jay Edwards

How many times have you heard, “I’m not sick, it’s just allergies” from a friend or family member? The pollen count in Orlando for the next week is extremely high, but here’s how you can help with the itchy eyes and sneezing.

I did a little research and found a great article from Reader’s Digest where they shared a dozen natural remedies to help with all the sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. Here are five that I found really helpful and wanted to share…

1. Try using a saline nasal spray to help flush out the pollen from your nose. In a study from the Reader’s Digest article, they said people who rinsed their noses a few times a day for 3-6 weeks had less nasal congestion. It’ll also help with sneezing because you’re removing the pollen that’s in your nose irritating your sinuses.

2. Most of the trees that generate all the pollen release the pollen at sunrise and throughout the early morning hours. So, if you like exercising outside first thing morning, try moving your outdoor activities to dusk when the pollen count is lower. But if you do have to be outside in the morning and afternoon, don’t forget your sunglasses! They create that immediate barrier between your eyes and the pollen in the air.

3. When you get home from work, it’s a good idea to change your clothes! Think about your car in the morning with that lovely green powder, well that gets on your clothes too! It’s not a bad idea to rinse off in the shower if you have time too.

4. When’s the last time you changed your cabin air filter? No, not the engine air filter under the hood, but the AC filter that gets used before the cold air hits your face in the car. In my truck and my wife’s SUV, it’s located inside the car near the glove box, but lots of people have no idea they even have one there! Well, you should be doing this every year so pollen doesn’t blast in your face every day because of your old filter.

5. Try cooking with tumeric, which can be found in delicious Indian cuisine and in curry. According to Reader’s Digest, tumeric contains curcumin, which can act as a decongestant and help reduce symptoms of allergies and colds.



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