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Everything You Need to Make It Through Allergy Season

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March 24, 2022

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Spring is in full force and with it, the infamous dreaded allergy season. Aside from your daily over-the-counter (or prescription) pill, you may need some tools on hand to prevent constant sneezing and congestion. Plus something to relieve sinus pressure when it feels like a small elephant is resting between your eyes. Yikes.

Well, look no further. We’ve rounded up the best items that’ll help keep your space free from allergy triggers like pollen and pet hair, a few non-drowsy supplements that’ll boost your immune system, and more. Let’s clear that nose of yours.


A ceramic Neti pot to help you clear out your nasal passages and sinuses…

Neti pots have been known to do wonders for congestion and lingering stuffiness. Fill one with saline solution, pour into one nostril and out the other. PSA: It may feel a bit bizarre at first, but stick with it. We love this option since it’s more sturdy than other plastic alternatives. Plus it’s dishwasher-safe, so you can clean it easily. Customers love that the handle’s not hollow, making it easier to grip. ($15.95, Amazon)

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An air purifier that’ll keep your home clear of any triggers…

This powerhouse device has four different filters to rid your space’s air of everything from pet hair to food odors to fine dust. It also has an LED light that indicates how clean the air is at any time, plus a timer that allows you to set how long it runs for before shutting off. If you’re worried about sleeping with it on, don’t be. Customers rave about how quiet the fan is. ($184.72+, Amazon)

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A humidifier that’s great for your skin too…

Ideal for skincare obsessives and allergy sufferers alike, this dishwasher-safe humidifier will put moisture back in the air without putting out any kind of mist. That way you won’t wake up with a scratchy throat from breathing dry air all night. Sensors tell it to keep running until there’s no water left, so there’s no risk of growing mold from a stale and stagnant reservoir. It can run up to 36 hours straight, so you’ll be covered while you snooze. PS: You can also add an aroma disc for an even more relaxing experience. ($150, Canopy)

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A mattress cover to protect your bed from dust…

Did you know that dust particles can live in your mattress and make it harder to breathe while you sleep? Gulp. This cover is completely waterproof but breathable so it won’t trap heat. It comes in a range of sizes to fit your mattress, and can also be thrown in the wash when it needs a deep clean. Customers say it’s even good for keeping bed bugs at bay. That’ll help you rest easy. ($30+, Amazon)

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A hypoallergenic pillow to lay your head on at night…

It’s made with a combination of bamboo, rayon, and foam that is completely free of any harmful chemicals. Customers who have had problems with down-filled pillows aggravating their allergies slept better on this one. It’s also customizable for different types of sleepers. Take some foam out, put some back in, and you’ll find the firmness that’s perfect for you. ($69.99+, Amazon)

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A vacuum with a powerful filter…

The HEPA filter makes sure dust and allergens stay completely trapped inside the vacuum as they’re sucked up. Plus, it has an extra-large dust catcher, so you can empty it less often. Swivel steering will help you get in tight corners and spaces, the dusting brush is perfect for crowded shelves of picture frames, and there’s even an LED light on the head that will illuminate every last piece of pet hair and pollen for you to suck up. Your old vacuum could never. ($269.99, Best Buy)

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A shampoo to help decrease pet dander…

We all love our furry friends, but they could be contributing significantly to your seasonal allergies. This gentle formula will remove excess skin and hair from their coat, all while making them smell good. Customers who were once allergic to their pet say they can now cuddle up close to them without fear of having a reaction. No sneezing or watery eyes included. That’s a win-win. ($12.00, Amazon)

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A supplement that’ll boost immune function… 

Add one to your morning dose of vitamins. The blend of antioxidants, herbs, and enzymes will help stabilize your immune system’s reaction to allergens, keeping cells from overproducing histamine (aka what causes the many symptoms of allergies like a runny nose or burning eyes). The capsules are vegan, plus gluten- and soy-free. Psst…taking one in the morning is safe since the formula is non-drowsy. ($42, Cymbiotika)

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Hydrating drops for when your eyes feel like literal sandpaper…

Soothe dry, irritated eyes with this formula that’s preservative-free. Customers say they’re also great for anyone who stares at a screen all day. We’ve tried these and love them. They provide a cooling effect that can really diminish itchiness and stinging. ($12.46+, Amazon)

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An organic, vegan, and non-GMO allergy reliever…

If you’re looking for something a bit more natural than over-the-counter medications, this one is made without all the dyes and preservatives of many common allergy pills. But it still helps to relieve all the classic symptoms like runny nose, sinus pressure, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. It’s made by physicians, so you can trust the ingredients, and safe to take with other supplements and vitamins. ($12.74, Amazon)

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A supplement to support your sinuses for easier breathing…

Made from natural ingredients, this capsule promotes clear and healthy airways. Aka pollen and dust has met its match. It goes through four rounds of testing to ensure the highest quality: no dyes, fillers, or mystery ingredients here. Just natural things like nettles, tinospora, spirulina, and butterbur. ($30, Hilma)

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A nasal spray you can use every day…

Most sprays are not recommended for long-term use, but this one is safe to use daily or weekly. It’s a saline formula that’ll keep your nasal passages clear and hydrated. It basically flushes everything out so no allergens are left behind. We’ve used this spray and find it effective. After a couple minutes, we have an easier time breathing. ($7.29, Amazon)

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An essential oil shower steamer to help you relax…

Pop one of these on the floor of your shower and as it dissolves, you’ll be immersed in the soothing scents of eucalyptus and peppermint. Not only will it smell amazing, but it’ll help clear out any chest or nasal congestion. Customers love how big the tablet is, saying you can even use two at once if you want a really potent scent. ($29.97, Amazon)

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An indoor plant that actually helps clean the air…

The snake plant has entered the chat. This incredibly low-maintenance succulent will help purify the air in your home and is a great choice for first-time plant parents. It doesn’t need a lot of sun or water, so it’s pretty durable. Plus it comes with an adorable planter in your choice of five colors. ($28+, The Sill)

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