There are plenty of things to love about spring, but one of the few downsides is the return of spring allergies. Here are some simple tricks to lower allergy symptoms and make the most of the season! Mayo Clinic has more information for those who are curious.
The best time to get outside is after a good rain, which helps wash away pollen. Pollen is highest at dawn, so wait until mid-morning or afternoon and soak up some Vitamin D from the sun.
Take some allergy meds, such as nasal sprays, eye drops, or over-the-counter antihistamines, such as Claritin or Zyrtec. These are all available at your local drugstore, but a doctor can prescribe stronger options if needed.
You can also try alternative medicine such as acupuncture or a daily Neti-Pot to clear sinuses and reduce inflammation. Acupuncture has been found to reduce symptoms of eczema and hay fever, along with reducing systemic inflammation.
We hope these tips can help you enjoy the beauty of Minnesota’s spring! For more health and wellness content, check out our website and Facebook page.
I’m Joan, and I know home care from the inside out.
I’ve navigated my daughter through 24/7 home care nursing and managed her PCA’s. I’ve helped my parents move into (and out of) assisted living, Medicare episodes, skilled nurse visits, home health aids, and PCAs. Sandwiched in all of that, I’ve helped coordinate home care equipment and supplies, physical therapists, occupational therapists, county workers, and medications (oh, the medications). I know emergency departments, children’s hospitals, cancer wards, cardiac floors, and specialty units. I can recite health insurance policies (and call their bluff).
I know a lot of other things in life too, like Shakespeare, where to sit to see a great sunset over a lake, how to keep myself healthy, how to read a profit/loss statement and state statutes, when to use a comma, and that gratitude is one of the keys to success.
So I’m going to have this blog and write about home care from time to time. I’ll include topics like current legislation, professional boundaries in a tricky environment, and being a caregiver. I’ll also post some guest blogs from clients and nurses.
Join me in the conversation.