Tips for Defeating Allergies Alongside Macafem
Menopause often brings about worsened allergy symptoms or altogether new allergies. Most women who have been battling hay fever for years are probably down with most ways to survive spring, summer, and their corresponding pollen invasions, so it’ll be a matter of waiting it out while Macafem helps regulate the progesterone imbalance behind allergy symptoms. However, if last spring has unexpectedly thrown you into stuffy, swollen territories for the first time in your life, then these tips may get you started.
1. Check pollen count
Checking the newspaper for the pollen count forecast may be a habit for long-time allergy sufferers, but for the new ones it may be the most impactful habit to implement. Fortunately, technology is your friend here: many weather apps nowadays include it just alongside UV and humidity information, and you can even set up alerts for it. If you’re a routine jogger or dog walker, make sure to monitor pollen count throughout the day, over several days – depending on local wind patterns and the specific plants in your region, certain times of the day may be worse than others. Once armed with this information, you can schedule your outdoors time accordingly.
2. Rinse your hair and wash your pets more often
Pollen, by design, is rather sticky. This means that, even if you manage to get safely indoors, your nostrils may not be completely safe, since it’s very easy to bring some along with you, especially in your hair (or that of your pets). Take a quick shower after getting home – it will give you a chance to rinse your hair and get rid of anything stuck there; if you have a dog, bathe him more frequently, and don’t let him in your bedroom between washes.
3. Cover your hair
Since time can be a bit too scarce to rinse your hair thrice a day, a good way to simplify this process is to keep a hair scarf or hat by the door, and cover your hair completely every time you leave the house. Be careful with your clothes as well, since some fabrics (especially wooly or heavily textured ones) will get more pollen stuck to them than plain cotton or linen.
4. Learn the Ins and Outs of allergy meds
There are several misconceptions about anti-allergy or antihistaminic medication, which keep people from being able to use them effectively. The first one is that they’re not effective for symptom relief: anti-allergy meds work by blocking histamine production, which results from exposure to allergens. However, if you take them once symptoms have already appeared (if your nose is already runny) they won’t work, because it means histamine has already been produced. On high pollen count days, you should take them half an hour before you leave the house.
5. Have anti-congestant strategies at hand
Once symptoms have appeared, it should not be the end of your day. Many home remedies can help relieve congestion, from breathing some steam (especially if you add some peppermint, eucalyptus, or menthol essential oil to the pot of boiling water) to eating spicy foods – if they’re spicy enough, the effect is nearly instantaneous – or old classics like neti pots.
Combining these strategies can help you make it through this and the following springs, in which perimenopause may bring you harsher allergies. In the meantime, fixing the underlying hormonal disarray with Macafem will help you make all the different menopause symptoms much milder and easier to deal with.