December and January aren’t exactly the best months when it comes to health. With the pandemic making everyone paranoid since last year, a sneeze here or there sends everyone running away in a panic. And for people with allergic rhinitis, it’s only bound to make things difficult.
So how do you manage this curse of a condition? Today, we are going to list some useful tips rhinitis-afflicted individuals can do (and not do).
1. Clean your surroundings.
A simple dusting and organizing can benefit rhinitis-stricken individuals. Dust is commonlly composed of ultra-fine dust, remains of microscopic bugs, hair, dead skin and lots of unsightly (if visible at all) curiosities you do not want to be inhaling in. Arm yourself with a wet cloth and start wiping windows, vacuuming carpets, and throwing out old stuffed toys that can potentially harbor an array of bacteria and fungus. The air quality will drastically improve and should help with breathing in cleaner air. Did you also know indoor air is more likely to be polluted than the outside? Yeah, definitely start prioritising cleaning before ticking off your shopping list for 2021.
2. Wear masks during heavy pollen seasons.
It’s not just COVID you’re trying to avoid when wearing a face mask. Today’s masks provide filtering capabilities enough to keep out tiny droplets that may carry viruses or bacteria. Pollen isn’t as small as aerosolized fluids – N95 masks can filter it out – and a cloth mask you can buy from Target or Walmart should help you avoid allergic episodes.
3. Indoor plants are a nice touch to the interior of your homes. But what if it’s time to bring them out?
Chrysanthemums have beautiful flowers, unfortunately, they’re also one of the worst to have in your homes. Orchids are also one of the most beautiful flowering plant species but they’re also on the list of the worst plants for people with rhinitis. Zen-based design in your homes and you decided to cultivate a bonsai? Sorry, the juniper variants are as bad. What you can do is swap them out for philodendrons, bamboo palms, and to be consistent with a zen-based interior, you can opt for the peace lily. Peace yo!
3. In the event that one has already the non-stop, eye-popping sneezes, what you can do is buy over-the-counter antihistamines.
Loratadine, diphenhydramine, and cetirizine provide quick relief and can be bought from your nearest Walmart. As with any other medication, better consult your doctor first for possible side effects. And if you think going to the hospitals for a consultation is risky due to COVID19, then a quick read on the sidelabels for these medications work just as well.
4. Nasal sprays can help ease an irritated nasal cavity.
Nasal sprays can be useful after taking antihistamines. Common side effects of these medications include drowsiness and dry mucus membranes. Your nose is going to feel like the Sahara desert so buy yourself a cheap nasal spray to keep it moist. You can also boil water and add essential oils, or a drop or two of eucalyptus oil for steam therapy. Breathe in the steam but distance yourself from the hot water so you can avoid burns. A towel helps to concentrate the steam to your face. It’s a two-in-one remedy – it acts as a nasal moisturiser and helps open your facial pores so they can “breathe.”
5. Another way to maintain moist mucus membranes after a session of antihistamines is to drink lots of water.
Staying hydrated when experiencing allergic rhinitis helps replace the fluids you lose from sneezing, and gives your throat a relief. Depending on the severity of rhinitis, your throat may experience some dryness, in addition to watery and reddish eyes, and a runny nose. Investing in a humidifier is also a good choice. There are $20 humidifiers in Walmart that provide a good amount of moisture in the air for your home. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. An excessively moist air can be the perfect environment for more bacterial and fungal growth, further worsening your symptoms.
6. One of the saddest things to do for people who have rhinitis is having to let go of their pets.
We discover at an early age if we’re allergic to fur so our canine and feline friends can’t stay around. But if you do decide to keep a pet, opt for short-haired breeds. A naked mole rat is also an alternative, if you don’t mind their appearance. Another hairless alternative (lol), is the sphynx cat.
7. Staying indoors.
Most of the triggers for allergic rhinitis come from outside. Assuming your house is already clean, your best bet is to make yourself comfortable at home. Netflix and chill isn’t so bad. You can bring yourself to tears without the itchy throat and runny nose. We recommend watching sad movies to achieve the same effect to your eyes.