Allergy Season Remedies
Updated: Mar 24
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First, it's time for a huge apology for all of my co-workers, Mark, and my dog. Allergy season has hit HARD and I'm sorry for all of the sniffles, random sneezing attacks, and crying at random times (even though I'm not even sad). THANK YOU for putting up with me during this difficult time and I am trying my best to get on the road to recovery.
The biggest issue I've had this allergy season is when rain is in the forecast which has been insanely often lately. If it's supposed to storm or even sprinkle, I try my hardest to stay inside with the AC blasting. Here are some other tips I've tried this season to relieve allergy symptoms and help me feel my best. Some tricks have worked while others have left me miserable for days. If you suffer from allergies, you know that every day (and even every night!) is different from the one before.
Tip #1 - Start Medicating Early
I TRIED to get ahead of the curve by taking allergy medicines in late May, but it wasn't soon enough. Also, take your medications early in the day - Then keep taking them per the instructions. Stay on top of it so the symptoms don't sneak up on you.
Tip #2: - Find the Right Kind of Medications
There are so many kinds of medications to choose from, so where do you start? For years, I only had to take Zyrtec and maybe a Benadryl or two at night - That's not so much the case anymore. With the help of a nurse (thanks, Abby!) I've found some stuff that has helped tremendously. Sometimes I take it most of it together, while others I just need one or two. Here's the list of medicines that have helped even on my worst days:
Tip #3: Find Other Ways to Help Besides Just Medicine
Taking vitamins can help boost your immune system. Every morning (allergies or not) I've found that Vitamin C, Zinc, and Iron make a huge difference on adding a pep in the steps while the NetiPot helps with stuffed up, pollen-filled sinuses. Add in some saline solution and your nose is CLEARED.
Tip #4: Eat Your Way Out of Seasonal Allergies
Adding in the right foods to your diet can eliminate allergies altogether. Although I have not been so lucky, eating foods like pineapple, peppers, onions, garlic, and adding honey in when possible does make a difference. Just try to stay away from processed foods, they can actually make your allergies worse!
Tip #5: Don't Give Up on Personal Hygiene
When you feel sick, it can be easy to just lay in bed and not move. Instead, take a shower, brush your teeth, and take care of your hair. Get all of the pollen off of you the best you can. Better yet? Use soap with essential oils or eucalyptus scents to help open up your airway.
Tip #6: Wash your Clothes, Wash your Sheets
Again, just keep yourself clean and free of allergens. Bonus points if you vacuum too. Suck up pollen, dust bunnies, and more. I promise, your immune system will thank you for being fresh and clean!
Tip #7: GET SOME SLEEP
Allergies are hard because you FEEL sick but you aren't ACTUALLY sick. You're not contagious and knowing this fact, can make you feel like you need to barrel through even the toughest days but don't be afraid to take a break and get some sleep. Your body is still trying to fight something even if it is harmless, so you still need rest. Get some sleep.
This allergy season has been awful for a lot of people. If you're not feeling well, please know you're not alone! In the past couple of weeks, I've been dealing with a lot of hard days. Allergies don't just take a toll on a person physically, but also emotionally. It's lonely trying to "get better" and it's hard to function properly while taking a lot of medications but just know that it WILL get better! It can't stay spring forever!
Do you have any allergy tips that you'd like to share? Being miserable throughout the season is hard so myself and others are always trying new things to help! Comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! My sinuses thank you ;)