How to Knock Out Hay Fever Headaches in 5 Simple Steps Get Relief Fast
Yes! The sun is shining and the gloominess of winter has passed. After days of the wind howling through the northern valley the new morning brought warm sunshine, a quiet gentle breeze and … sneezing along with sinus pressure and puffy eyes!
Have you ever found yourself bent over your desk, holding your pounding head in your hands hoping and praying the pain would just stop? I understand completely because just yesterday I found myself in the same position … in excruciating pain and lack of being able to focus.
Drugs and I don’t even remotely get along. My body does not respond well – not to any type of chemical assistance. Instead I search for the root cause of what makes my head feel as big as a watermelon during hay fever season and take fast action using natural health solutions. What I found will interest you, too. Are you game? Want to avoid the pressure and pain that is coming to you soon? Let’s take a look at the cause of hay fever headaches and what we can do to head them off in 5 simple steps.
The cause of hay fever headaches
Hay fever occurs when the immune system mistakes a harmless airborne substance as a threat. As your body thinks the substance is harmful it produces an antibody called immunoglobulin E to attack it. It then releases the chemical histamine which causes the symptoms.
The headache occurs when the sinus cavities are inflamed by the foreign substance. Below are some of the more common intruders:
- Tree pollen – these tend to affect people in the spring.
- Grass pollen – these tend to affect people later on in the spring and also in the summer.
- Weed pollen – these are more common during autumn (fall).
- Fungi and mold spores – these are more common when the weather is warm.
There are many symptoms of hay fever but for today lets focus on how to get rid of that one symptom, the nasty headache that paralyzes us right in our seats.
5 Tips to Avoid Airborne Allergies and Hay fever Headaches
The first thing to realize is that if you suffer from seasonal allergies then hiding indoors will not necessarily mean that you are safe. There are many ways you can still be affected. Following are some ways to more carefully avoid these allergies.
- Air Conditioning – Air conditioning is one very important way to help keep you free from hay fever headaches. Air cleaners can achieve pretty much the same thing. These will filter the air that you breathe and comb out any particles of dander or pollen in order to keep the air indoors clean. Keep your air conditioning clean and well maintained to ensure that it doesn’t start to fill up with dust and dirt and then start simply circulating the things you’re trying to avoid. We clean our indoor filter twice a year to help keep the allergens down as much as possible.
- Close the Windows – Most importantly though by using air conditioning this should mean you can cool your home without having to open windows that let pollen and other allergens get inside. Keep your home air tight and lower the temperature with your air conditioning instead. Living in the country we constantly battle dust flying from the fields across the road. Keeping the windows closed helps a bit.
- Wash Clothes – Pollen can also get into the house in other ways and can travel in on your clothes. Make sure then that you thoroughly wash your clothes regularly to avoid a buildup of pollen – and especially if you or family members have had a day outside somewhere where they would be likely to encounter allergens. The grandbabies love to roll around on the front lawn then come running to Grammy – an instant “achoo” happens every time. Another little tip is not to dry clothes outdoors. If you have serious hay fever then hanging your clothes up outside to dry will mean that they are basking in pollen all the while and all that pollen can then come in with them when you deem them dry. Instead then hang your clothes over the bath or somewhere else where they can dry indoors.
- Maintain the Garden – You should also make sure to maintain your garden and to avoid growing too many plants that you know yourself to be allergic too. You can’t completely eradicate pollen from the air, but obviously don’t contribute to it by growing things you know will aggravate you. This will help with drying clothes and other people heading out into the garden too.
- Choose Your Pets – If you are allergic to dander rather than pollen then things like the air conditioning can help. However it is far more useful to just be careful when choosing your pets to pick ones that won’t aggravate your allergies too much. Hairless cats or poodles are examples of cats and dogs that don’t malt and there are many more besides.
We thought that when Sylvester, our cat died our allergy problems would be resolved. Not so; instead we found that even Dexter, our office dog sheds and it creates loose, short dog hair flying in the air. I figured that one out when, after a windy day my slacks were … shall we say a bit “static clingy” and I looked like I was wearing a Dexter fur coat!
So, did my headache automatically go away because I know what caused it? No, however I had choices to make and so will you. What are our choices to regain our cheerful disposition and focused mind? Well, if you are like me you steer clear of the typical methods such as: allergy medications, pain killers and immunization therapies.
Instead by preventing as many of the allergens from coming into the house as possible and using natural health solutions to protect our body we can avoid suffering from the headaches that come along with hay fever season.
Do you have natural health solutions you and your family use to keep hay fever headaches at bay? Please share your secrets in the comments below.
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