Buddiga's favorite first-line therapy is a nasal sinus rinse (think neti pot, although the squeeze bottle variety works just as well). Because mucus in the nose tends to cling on to pollen, he recommends using it before you take any medicated nasal sprays, or after outdoor exercise.
"That way everything is washed away," he said. "When you go running, you're breathing in a significant amount of pollen.
Just make sure you use shake the packet of salt and sodium bicarbonate into the water; straight water will burn your nasal passages, Buddiga said.
Also, if you live in an area with dust mites, invest in dust mite-proof pillowcases and mattress covers, Buddiga suggested. Wearing oversized sunglasses and/or a wide-brimmed hat also helps keep pollen away from your eyes, Bassett said.
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