10 Allergy Hacks to Help You Survive Spring

by Kathleen-Mae Ramas
Apr 13, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. ET

We've been tired of the cold weather, and now we're getting exactly what we wished for: longer days, the warm sun and perfect weather. But with the arrival of spring inevitably comes every person's worst nightmare — allergies. Don't let allergies stop the spring in your step, and check out these hacks to help you weather even the worst conditions.

1 /10: Dress for allergies

1/10 :Dress for allergies

Did you know some clothes can aggravate your allergies? Be careful what you wear!

2 /10: Change clothes before going to bed

2/10 :Change clothes before going to bed

Pollens can accumulate on your clothes, stimulating your allergies. Always change your clothes after going outside and do not re-wear them unless you've washed them already.

3 /10: Always shower before bed

3/10 :Always shower before bed

After going outside, not only do your clothes accumulate pollens — but allergens can also collect on your hair and skin. Showering before bed helps to wash your body clean of anything that could activate your allergies, and it will also prevent having those allergens fall onto your sheets and pillows.

4 /10: Change pillow cases and bedding often

4/10 :Change pillow cases and bedding often

Like the last hack, we know that allergens can stick to our hair and face, and if we don't shower before getting into bed, they can invade our personal space in ways we don't really want. To double up on protection, change your pillow cases at least once or twice a week along with your bedding.

5 /10: Do your spring-cleaning

5/10 :Do your spring-cleaning

Everyone knows about the ritual of spring-cleaning, and it isn't something you should take for granted. Take the time to clean out the house — not just rearrange — and really get into the nitty-gritty to make your home a more comfortable space to live and breathe in.

6 /10: Keep windows closed

6/10 :Keep windows closed

It might sound like common sense, but hear me out. Once the weather gets warm, I'm sure you'll be tempted to open up the windows and let the fresh air in — but beware. That fresh air is full of pollen, allergens, dander and everything that can cause an unwanted reaction. Keep the windows closed to keep those harmful irritants out. Another pro tip: Turn on your AC so the air circulates and prevents dust or allergens from settling.

7 /10: Wait for the rain before going out

7/10 :Wait for the rain before going out

When it rains, it pours — and when it pours, it also helps bring the pollen count down and give the world a much-needed cleanse. If you wait to run errands later on in the day after the rain has helped to settle everything floating in the air, it'll make it much easier on your eyes and nose to go about your day.

8 /10: Spicy food can actually help (for real)

8/10 :Spicy food can actually help (for real)

Spicy food lovers, rejoice! You know that feeling you get when you eat spicy food — it's like your sinuses have been completely and forcefully flushed out and open? Well, instead of thinking of it in a bad way, it actually works as a great natural way to open up your nose when it's clogged and stuffy during the spring season.

9 /10: Steam facials are your friend

9/10 :Steam facials are your friend

Another way to help clear up those sinuses is to use steam facials. Pour hot water into a bowl, put a towel over your head to keep the steam flowing in your direction and put your face above it for the ultimate natural cleanse. For an extra bit of calming, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in and relax.

10 /10: Drink apple cider vinegar

10/10 :Drink apple cider vinegar

It may sound crazy, but apple cider vinegar is actually a great natural alternative to allergy medication. It acts as a natural antihistamine, so it stops your body from reacting the way it normally would to any allergens or pollens that might be around. Not a fan of it alone? Check out this recipe to help make it taste a little better.