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7 Tips To Ease Your Allergies

Are your allergies affecting your singing? Check the list below from for some easy remedies to seasonal allergies.

1. Check the pollen countClick on the National Allergy Bureau’s website for a daily ranking of allergens, including seasonal tree pollens, grasses, weeds, and outdoor molds. Stay indoors when levels are high or very high for those that you’re sensitive to. If you have to go out, try wearing a mask or scarf over your nose and mouth.

2. Wash your hair at night — Rinse the pollen out, especially if you’re a gel or mousse fan. These products can trap pollen.

3. Keep calm — In one study, seasonal allergy (hay fever) sufferers had a more extreme reaction the day after performing a stressful task, such as giving a speech. “Stress raises levels of the hormone cortisol,” says Clifford Bassett, MD, an allergist at New York University Medical Center, and that often leads to an amped-up allergic response. A few minutes of meditation or a soak in the tub should help.

4. Keep your nose clean & clear — “Your nose is like a car windshield—pollen sticks to it,” says Neil Kao, MD, an allergist at the Allergic Disease and Asthma Center, in Greenville, SC. Try a saline sinus rinse found at any drugstore.

5. Keep your room cool — Dust mites thrive in homes that are warmer than 70 degrees and have a humidity above 50 percent. Keeping your home temp in the mid to low 60s and the humidity between 40% and 45% should send them packing.

6. Use barriers — To fight dust mites, look for mattress and pillow encasements made from organic cotton. Boil your bedding — Not literally, but you should wash your sheets and pillowcases weekly in water that’s at least 140 degrees. A study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that this temperature wiped out all dust mites.

7. Avoid pet dander — If you have a furry friend, make sure to have them groomed or bathe them once a week. Also, keep them out of your bedroom!

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