For some, Spring is a comforting symbol of change, new beginnings and the welcoming of warmer weather and longer sun-filled days. Here in the desert, we get to experience the best, and sometimes worst, of what each season has to offer.

Pro-Tip: You can observe the daily pollen count (just like the weather forecast!) for El Paso at of course, Pollen.com! This will help justify/confirm why you feel the way you do.

As nature moves forward with the blossoming of trees, weeds and brown-out dust storms, we’re offering the following remedy-driven things we can all do to dampen the effects of Spring Fever in our homes offered by Health.com.

HEPA filters

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters ease symptoms by trapping allergens and other airborne irritants, such as pet dander and dust. Portable air cleaners equipped with HEPA filters can purify the air in bedrooms and other confined spaces, but whole-house systems that incorporate HEPA filters into your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system are generally more effective.

Air conditioners and dehumidifiers also can help clean air. They remove moisture from the air and floor, which will curb the growth of the mold and mildew that can worsen allergies.

Neti pots

They may look exotic, but Neti pots are fast becoming a mainstream remedy for allergies and stuffed-up sinuses. The treatment, which involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution, flushes out allergens (like pollen) and loosens mucus.

Using a Neti pot is simple. First, fill the pot with a mixture of salt and warm water (you can buy premeasured kits or make your own). Then tilt your head to the side and pour the solution in one nostril until it flows out the other, repeating the process on the opposite side. (Important note: Use boiled or distilled water only, as tap water can introduce potentially dangerous organisms into your system.)

Local Honey

Eating honey produced by bees in our region can help relieve allergies. The bees transfer pollen from flower blossoms to honey, so if you eat a little honey every day you’ll gradually become inoculated against the irritating effects of pollen.

That’s the widely held theory, anyway. Unfortunately, there’s little to no scientific evidence to back it up. Although a small 2011 study from Finland that compared regular honey and pollen-laced honey did report modestly encouraging results, an earlier study in the United States found that unaltered local honey had no impact on allergy symptoms.

For more Spring Fever remedy’s, visit the full story at Health.com.

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