- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Allergies and the Spring
I really do love the Spring.
I just wish it didn't play such havoc on my body, especially my sinuses. It seems I go threw this pattern year after year. Spring starts out, weather starts to warm, trees start to bud out and wham I am hit with sneezing that is out of control. I try to prepare. I take my vitamins, I wash my hair so that it doesn't hold pollens from being outside. But if I let my guard down the slightest that is when it is full blown allergies for me.
This year I have the extra component of having exhausted adrenals which I swear has made this even a bit more complicated than usual. I take my nutrition by Standard Process which boosts my immune system. It usually helps and wards off most anything. Yet this year I have been having a major battle with the pollens and hay fever. I have doubled up on the Vitamin C and am taking homeopathic versions for the various tree pollens that happen to be the strongest right now. I seem to have a slight edge on the allergens right now but I can't let my guard down for a moment.
The pseudoephedrine and guaifenesin are my latest weapons when I have lost the battle. They open up my nose so I can breathe and thin out any mucus so it will drain. Lovely thought is it not? Just the word MUCUS makes me want to hurl. It is not a something I normally like to talk about. But for those suffering you have to attack it from every angle, in my opinion.
I've even tried the netty pot which is where you mix a potion of salt, water and baking soda to pour up into your sinus cavity and have it drain back out all over your face. It works but it too is the most disgusting of all treatments. I have friends who swear by it but I can't seem to do it often or long enough to see lasting results.
The Mucinex product works well except it seems to make my heart race and then I can't sleep at night. For some reason the combination I use works best for me. That is the thing you must do what works best for your body. Sometimes that takes trial and error until you figure out what that is. This is a new year and a new combination for me this season. Not sure what changed but for right now I am on top of it and not suffering as much, until tomorrow morning. That is when I wake, the meds have worn off from the night before and I'm so stuffy I can't talk on the phone. My tongue is dried out like sandpaper, from breathing threw my mouth all night, and I actually have to have a drink of water to re-lubricate the poor thing.
All in the name of my favorite of all seasons, Spring. When life renews, all thoughts of freezing cold winter has vanished and the thought of summer fruits and vegetables fills my thoughts. I will tolerate all the allergies just to taste a wonderful summer tomato, my gardens blueberries or my fresh basil that I use in my pesto.
Good luck to all out there who suffer and hope some of this information was helpful and if not you can commiserate with me in the morning.