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Wash it Off

Advice for Healthy Living

Nicole Davis, FNP – BreatheAmerica El Paso

People often ask me what they can do to stay healthy during peak allergy seasons. As a mother of two small children, keeping my home healthy is top priority. One suggestion is showering in the evening. Every night I bathe my kids and I am always amazed at the amount of dirt, pollens, leaves, grass, etc., that comes off their little bodies. Showering in the evening is a great way to wash off dirt and pollen residue, and keep it out of your bed. Plus the steam from the shower helps open up your nasal passages. Using a portable HEPA filter system in your bedroom also helps keep allergens like pet dander and dust at bay.

I am also a big promoter of over the counter saline nasal washes. If you use a Neti Pot, always use distilled or boiled water as tap water can potentially introduce dangerous bacteria into your sinuses. If the Neti Pot makes you cringe with fright use a simple, already-mixed saline nasal spray. Flushing your nasal passages will wash out allergens and loosen mucus providing great relief to stuffy noses and sinuses.

Even people with severe allergies can find some relief with these tips, but sometimes symptoms are too severe to be helped by these simple measures. If allergies become severe and you are finding no relief with over the counter medicines or measures at home, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with us at BreatheAmerica El Paso.