Just a little Allergy problem!
On a daily basis it's a good chance that you or someone you know is going to be suffering from allergies. The problem with allergies is that they can give you a stuff nose or it can get much worse. I'm not talking about food allergies which are some of the most dangerous because they can cause your throat to close up and turn into a life or death situation but those wonderful outdoor allergies.
When you consider out door allergies you think about those particles floating in the air that make you sneeze and your eyes water but if it continues without getting better there are a lot of things your body can do to work against you. If you begin to have drainage depending on how bad it is your stomach can turn against you in a bad way. This can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. All this from some allergies! I don't know about you but I have considered staying in doors for an entire season before. Now lets take this a little further. If you start to get that wonderful pressure built up in your head depending on how bad it gets your small little headache can then turn into a migraine. Then you are right back to where I was talking about a minute ago where you are nauseated and vomiting because of allergies.
People think that they can't really make you sick you just don't feel all that well for a little bit and if you take medicine you will feel better. Well most of the time this works, but when it doesn't it can get bad. Besides the fact that medicines for allergies believe it or not have side effects to your body and new ones are coming out every day. For instance did you know that scientist and doctors are now starting to link some of these medicines to Alzheimer's. So these drugs that you are trying so hard to help you through the day and fogginess of your day is now messing with your brain! Not to mention all of the things it is doing to your gut. So now what? Am I going to tell you that there are natural remedies that can help you more than your trusted Benadryl? Well in short yes. Although these may take time to build up in your system doing less harm to your body in the long run might be a lot better for you.
We all have heard that Local honey is outstanding for your allergies. The thing is you need LOCAL honey. You can find this in your natural food stores and some grocery stores and it is supposed to really help but like I mentioned before, it can take some time to build up in your system before it does.
Wash you hands and your face. You don't realize that when you go outside and the wind is blowing that all of these particles of the things you have an allergy to are all over your face and hands. So you go inside and scratch your nose and put that allergy right where it needs to be to bother you. After your outside wash your face and hands to get this off so that it reduces your chances of getting sick or at the very least having a sneezing attack.
Washing out your sinuses can be a good way of clearing out those passages also. All you need is a neti pot, distilled water and salt. The Neti pot comes with instructions to wash out your sinuses and a lot of people have found this extremely helpful when it comes to allergies. Especially the ones who get sinus infections often. I do have to warn you though you must use distilled water because if you do not you can be doing more harm than good!
This one might sound a little rude but hang in there with me. Clean your house. If you are someone who only dusts and vacuums every couple of days it might be time to amp up your cleaning schedule. Because allergens are in your air and land all over your curtains, furniture and rugs it is a good idea to go a little crazy with the cleaning during allergy season. Also don't forget to change out those air filters! If they aren't clean they are basically just circulating the allergens through your house each time the air conditioner or heater kicks on.
If you do find yourself in the middle of an attach your best bet is to find a cold pack, lay down with it on your head to minimize the nasal passages. This might help before it gets too swollen and irritated. Once you have done that blow your nose or use the neti pot.
Good luck! Allergies can be a real pain and make you feel horrible. Hang in there and do your best to stay away from all of the over the counter drugs that are so helpful. In the long run if you can take care of them with natural remedies you are going to be healthier and not get all of those horrible side effects from the drugs.