If finals weren’t bad enough, it’s also allergy season
It’s officially spring time with the appearance of the sun, lush trees and blooming flowers! It’s quite possibly the most beautiful time of year — and the most dreadful for those who suffer from spring allergies.
From clogged sinuses to uncontrollable sneezing, allergies can easily make your life a living hell. For those of you who don’t suffer from allergies, consider yourselves blessed!
For those of you who do suffer from what seems like a perpetual cold, here are a few tips to get you through the struggle:
1. Talk to your doctor about taking allergy pills. Antihistamine allergy pills can relieve sneezing, itchy eyes and nose and runny nose, while decongestants can help clear your nasal passages. Oftentimes people combine antihistamines and decongestants, but you should definitely ask your doctor what combination is right for you.
2. Carry eye drops and tissues with you at all times. “Your eyes are really red,” is a common thing said to someone with bad allergies. Not only are your eyes itchy, but the redness can be embarrassing in public. Carrying around allergy eye drops in your back pocket or purse will help give you instant relief throughout the day.
Sneezing and having a runny nose can be such a pain, especially if you’re constantly running around looking for tissues. Take some pocket tissues with you wherever you go, so you don’t have to resort to cheap, sandpaper-like napkins or toilet paper.
3. Saline spray is your friend. Using over-the-counter saline spray can help keep your nasal passages moist and less itchy. Depending on the brand, you can use it as many times as you need throughout the day.
4. Home remedy: Eat honey made in your area to help develop immunity. Honey contains traces of pollen, as mentioned by DIY Natural, which aids in allergy prevention. Buying local honey at a farmers’ market or grocery store can go a long way in relieving your allergy symptoms.
5. Do a rain dance. Weather has a huge influence on allergy symptoms. The Weather Channel reveals, “Allergy symptoms are often reduced on rainy or windless days because pollen does not circulate as much during these conditions.” Rain is not only a good rinse for your car, it’ll make you feel better too!
If your allergies continue to bother you even with medication and home remedies, consider looking into allergy testing and allergy shots. Allergy testing requires a skin test to see what environmental factor (like pollen) or food you’re allergic to, according to Kara Mayer Robinson at WebMD.
Allergy shots are a series of injections that contain the pollen you’re allergic to, similar to a vaccine. Robinson reports, “Don’t expect instant results.” Allergy shots take at least six months to see any effects in allergy relief.
Spring allergies are truly awful to deal with, but if you take the steps to prevent and remedy your symptoms, the spring and summer seasons will be much more pleasurable!
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