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Dealing with Spring Allergies
How Do You Survive Hay Fever?
Symptoms of Spring Allergies
Spring allergies make many people miserable each year when the trees and flowers start blooming and the various grasses start growing. Hay fever and seasonal allergies cause a variety of symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Difficulty focusing and concentrating
Tips for Dealing with Spring Allergies
Spring allergies and hay fever can be unbearable for those who suffer them every year. I am one of those people, and I can tell you, there are many days when I wish I simply didn't get out of bed. Often nothing at all seems to soothe the discomfort and irritation of spring allergies.
Here are a few tips that seem to work for me:
- Take a prescription allergy medication that consistently works for you.
- Invest in good eye drops (like Alcon eye drops) to wash away itchy, watery eyes.
- Keep lots of tissues on hand. Invest in the more expensive tissues that are softer and gentler on your nose.
- Enjoy spicy food if it is to your liking - it can help with your sinuses.
- Try a hydrating nasal rinse or neti pot.
- Sleep extra when you have the chance.
- Avoid touching or itching your eyes.
- Minimize the time you spend outside if you can help it.
- Try to schedule your outside work for days when the pollen count is lower.
- Drink hot honey tea to soothe your throat.
- Wash your car if you notice the yellow pollen sticking to it.
- Avoid parking under trees that may drop pollen onto your car.
- Get your home's vents cleaned on a yearly basis.
Please leave a comment if you have other tips for spring allergy sufferers!
Check the Pollen Count!
Some days the pollen count is much higher than others. If you suffer from spring allergies, you can try to plan your outdoor activities on days when the pollen count is on the lower end of the scale.
Sometimes it's a good idea to do your outdoor work after it rains, as a strong storm can knock a lot of the active pollen off of the trees. You can also check the pollen count and pollen forecast up to a few days in advance at Pollen.com.
Chloraseptic Allergen Block - It Really Works!
Block the Pollen!
Chloraseptic Allergen Block is a new allergy relief product I've found that absolutely works when I remember to use it. You simply smear a bit of this topical gel on, in, and around your nostrils to capture the allergens and pollen particles before they enter your nose. I found this concept intriguing and I am happy to report that the product truly reduces my allergy symptoms by leaps and bounds. Aside from looking a bit gross when applying it, the product is well worth its cost and then some. I highly recommend Chloraseptic Allergen Block... (and they have a kids' version, too!)
You can try Chloraseptic Allergen Block and these gentle OTC products to supplement your prescription allergy meds without risking drug interactions. You should still check with your doctor for professional advice.