Winter is almost here, and if you're like most people, you'll soon be spending more time inside. This means greater exposure to allergens like mold spores and dust mites, which may lead to itching, sneezing, and an array of other unpleasant symptoms. Popping allergy pills is one way to keep allergy symptoms under control, but if you don't want to spend all winter on allergy meds, try these other three approaches to keep your symptoms at bay.
See the Chiropractor
You might be surprised to learn that your chiropractor can help with your allergies. Sometimes, vertebrae that are out of alignment can press on some of the spinal nerves associated with your immune system. This makes your immune system over-reactive, so it start reacting to allergens like mold spores as if they were pathogens like bacteria and viruses. By adjusting your spine to take this pressure off your nerves, your chiropractor can help ease your allergy symptoms all winter long.
The best part about chiropractic care is that it's pain-free and very safe. It will only take a few minutes to have your spine adjusted, and although you may be a tiny bit stiff the day afterwards, you won't have to worry about drowsiness or the other side effects that often come with allergy medications.
Update Your Air Filter
Another approach is to decrease your exposure to indoor allergens. An easy way to do this is to replace your standard HVAC filter with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters trap smaller particles that might make it straight through a standard filter. Stock up on three or four filters at the beginning of the winter so you can put a new one in place every 1 - 2 months. This way, less dust and mold will circulate throughout your indoor air.
Do a Better Job of Cleaning
You might not enjoy cleaning, but the more of it you do, the less you'll notice your indoor allergy symptoms. Vacuum two or three times per week, and remember to change the vacuum bag regularly since this keeps the suction power up. Dust before you vacuum so that the dust that you sweep off your surfaces ends up getting vacuumed up. Pull furniture away from the walls to clean behind it, too.
You don't have to suffer with indoor allergy symptoms all winter. See your chiropractor, change your air filters, and start cleaning more thoroughly. You'll breath easier after all.