With increased pollution levels and firecrackers during Diwali, there will inevitably be more smoke in the air. When this is combined with the oily and rich foods served at celebrations, many of us are bound to develop allergies. The use of large quantities of flowers, which can easily release pollen into the air and cause a variety of skin and respiratory allergies, is another factor that contributes to an increase in allergy cases during festivals.
One of India's top providers of healthcare services, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd., lists down some home remedies for dealing with allergies and keeping them at bay during the holiday season.
Vacuum your carpets and furniture with steam
It's likely that a lot of you are cleaning your homes for Diwali. Cleaning for Diwali has never been easier, thanks to the abundance of cutting-edge tools. Cleaning the house, on the other hand, can be a difficult task for allergy sufferers. They are covered with a lot of tiny dust mites that could be the source of your allergy. There are visitors from outside who may be bringing in allergens by sitting on your furniture or walking on the carpet. Always steam vacuums your carpets and furniture.
For Sinus and Colds
Greasy food, puja smoke, and firecracker smoke almost always cause allergies. But there are some strategies you can use to keep them out of your home this holiday. According to Ziqitza, drinking herbal or lemon tea frequently will help to clear your sinuses and ward off the common cold. Both black tea and ginger tea with honey are great choices for easing dry coughs and chronic sneezing. Ziqitza Healthcare claims that doing this clears your throat and flushes out toxins. Steam or warm baths are also beneficial. Dehumidifiers reduce humidity, which can occasionally irritate your sinuses. Purchasing one is a good idea.
For Boosting Immunity
Diwali is synonymous with rich food and ghee-laden sweets. Ziqitza Rajasthan advises taking it easy on the delicacies and being mindful of what and where you eat. Due to its antiseptic qualities, lemon juice is recommended by ZHL Rajasthan to be added to salads and other foods. It also suggests drinking vegetable soups this season to stay away from calorie-laden foods and boost your immunity. Other seasonal foods to boost your immunity this season include til laddoos, nuts, bajra, and nachini roti, dates, lentils, and sprouts. To avoid allergies, Ziqitza Limited recommends flavouring our foods with herbs and spices such as garlic, pepper, and cinnamon.
For Skincare & Skin Breakouts
Our immunity is not the only thing that suffers during this season. Our skin, too, necessitates special attention. The experts at Ziqitza Limited Rajasthan recommend using a gentle face wash, body wash, and moisturiser. Using malai (cream) or aloe vera gel on your skin is also a good option, according to Ziqitza. To reduce the possibility of inflammation, splash rose water or cold water on your face as soon as you come in from outside. At Ziqitza Healthcare, we recommend always wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
This season is prone to zits and acne due to pollution and smoke. Ziqitza Health Care Limited recommends treating it with sandalwood or turmeric paste. You could also use anti-inflammatory orange juice or papaya extract. ZHL also suggests a face mask made of masala dal powder, milk, and turmeric. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off. Ziqitza recommends using honey as an astringent for irritated skin. Honey has tightening properties as well.
For Respiratory Issues
The amount of air pollution significantly increases during Diwali. Asthma attacks as well as allergic reactions in the skin, eyes, and nasal cavity are triggered by these high concentrations of residual and suspended particulate matter. According to Ziqitza Health Care Limited, people with bronchitis and asthma should take more medication during this time to lessen the negative effects of the dust, smoke, and chemicals in the air.