Seven Ways to Manage Sneezing: A Handy Guide to Rhinitis

December and January aren’t precisely the best months for 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 will list some helpful 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 commonly composed of:

  • Ultra-fine dust
  • Remains of microscopic bugs
  • Hair
  • Dead skin
  • Lots of unsightly (if visible at all) curiosities

You definitively don’t want to inhale them. 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 help with breathing in cleaner air. Did you also know indoor air is more likely to be polluted than the outside? Yeah, start prioritizing 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 covers 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 perfect filter them out. A cloth mask you can buy from Target or Walmart can help you avoid allergic episodes.

3. Indoor plants are a nice touch to your homes’ interior. 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. Still, 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. If one already has non-stop, eye-popping sneezes, what you can do is buy over-the-counter antihistamines.

Loratadine, diphenhydramine, and cetirizine provide quick relief and are available at your nearest Walmart. As with any other medication, better consult your doctor 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 side labels for these medications work just as well.

4. Nasal sprays can help ease a painful nasal cavity.

Nasal sprays can be helpful after taking antihistamines. Common side effects of these medications include drowsiness and dry mucus membranes. Your nose will 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 moisture on your face. It’s a two-in-one remedy – it acts as a nasal moisturizer 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 relief. Depending on the severity of rhinitis, your throat may experience some dryness. You might also develop watery and reddish eyes or 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. 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 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 aren’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 on your eyes.