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How to Make Pollen Allergies More Bearable
It was just a few short years ago when I found out that I was allergic to pollen.
Since I live in a tropical climate, I thought it strange that this problem started only after I reached the age of 70.
At first I thought I just had a sinus infection because I had all of the symptoms of one and had suffered from them in the past.
However, when I couldn’t shake the problem, I saw an allergist, and he is the one who gave me the bad news.
The good news is that he gave me some good advice.
That, coupled with some research and some trial and error, told me what I needed to do every year when Mother Nature cast her springtime spell and caused everything, everywhere to blossom and bloom!
See Your Doctor
The first big lesson I learned was that if you are having symptoms of respiratory problems, you shouldn’t automatically assume that you have a cold or some sort of infection.
Wasting time trying to self-treat will only make you more miserable and may even make your situation worse.
For these reasons, you should see a doctor if your symptoms persist for more than three days.
Take Appropriate Medications
Your family doctor will likely assume that you either have a cold or infection and may treat you with antibiotics.
If what you have is a Pollen allergy, this won’t help.
Ask to see an allergy specialist so that he can test you in order to find out if you , indeed, are allergic.
Once he know the answer to that question, he can then take steps to correct the problem.
For some people, this may mean getting ongoing shots, but for others, it may mean taking certain medications.
In my case the answer was to take medicine until the pollen season ended.
Use the Medication Properly
My doctor told me to use Flonase and suggested two sprays in each nostril twice daily.
That is twice the normal amount, but he said this is what would be needed if I wanted to get ahead of this problem. He further stated that I was only to do this until pollen season was over.
He also advised me to use a specific way to take this medication:
- Spray saline solution in each nostril and then clear it out.
- Dampen a cotton ball and wipe any excess from the inside of the nostrils.
- Lean forward, point the tip of the applicator to the wall of the nostril that is closest to the outside of the nose.
- Provide two short bursts of Flonase in each nostril.
- Do this twice daily.
Be sure to watch the video for more detailed directions.
Doing this gave me extremely fast relief, but over time I developed a problem because the doctor neglected to warn me that Flonase, which is a steroid, dries the sensitive issues in the nose.
Thus, after a month or so when my nose began to hurt, I discovered that I had a fairly large cyst growing inside of one nostril!
After a visit with an Eye, Nose and Throat doctor, I was told to stop using the Flonase, swab the cyst twice daily with Mupirocen and then use a product called AYR several times each day to keep the nasal passages moist.
It took awhile, but in a month or so, the cyst disappeared.
Use Ice Packs
A tip I discovered on my own that can also be helpful for this problem is to use ice packs on your sinus area.
When you have allergies, your sinuses become inflamed, but using ice on the area around your eyes and nose helps to calm them down.
Do this for 20 minutes once each hour, to get some relief.
You’ll also want to use an ice pack on your head to make sure it, too, is cool so that you’ll be more comfortable.
Make sure to wrap the pack in a small towel to protect your skin from ice burn.
Elevate Your Upper Body
The worst thing you can do when your sinuses are inflamed is to lie with your head flat on the bed.
The best way to avoid doing this is to use a wedge, which is a large triangular shaped piece of foam that is thicker at one end than it is at the other.
You want to make sure to purchase one that is hypoallergenic. You don’t want one that is made from memory foam because you’ll need it to be firm, not something you’ll sink into when you lie on it.
There are all sorts of wedges on the market, but if you have pollen (or any) allergies you need to buy one.
Elevating your upper body keeps the mucous from collecting in your head and throat and helps you to avoid gagging. This also helps you to sleep better, so if you don’t already own a wedge, get one. You’ll be glad you did!
Buy an Air Purifier
Many people, including me, resort to buying air filtering machines that are specifically designed to rid an area of pollens.
The best ones are quite costly, but they also are the most highly rated units on today’s market. You can research them on the internet, but expect to pay between $300 and $700 for one plus the cost of filters, which will need to be changed fairly often.
These do work if you make sure to buy one that is the right size for the room where you'll be using it.
For those who are suffering, air filters are worth every penny!
Use Soft Tissue
Since you’ll be wiping your eyes and blowing your nose often, be sure to use extremely soft tissue.
Doing this will keep you from chafing the delicate skin in those areas which can become problems if irritated.
You also may want to dab a bit of Vaseline on the front of your nose as a way of giving it a bit of protection.
You’ll also be clearing your throat often when your allergy acts up.
To keep from irritating it, gargle with a mixture of one cup salt water to ¼ teaspoon of salt regularly throughout the day. You’ll be surprised to see how much this will help.
Sucking on hard candy or menthol cough drops will also help.
When your nose is running and your eyes are watering you’re losing fluids. These must be replaced.
Just as important is the fact that the more liquids you drink, the thinner your mucous will be and the easier it will be for your body to clear itself of it.
Hot tea made with honey and lemon will taste great, relax you and also help you to hydrate.
Help Is Here
I truly wish that when I first developed my pollen allergy I would have known these things, but I had to learn them the hard way.
Use what I’ve shared with you here as you wish so that you can make your pollen allergy more bearable and life more enjoyable.
Have you tried any of these remedies and did they help you?
© 2018 Sondra Rochelle