If you’re a chronic victim of allergy season, aka, springtime, then it’s high time you found a solution. Millions of people suffer from allergies (some all year-round) which, lucky for you, means that there are numerous remedies out there waiting for you. Who knows? Maybe this time you’ll find the miracle cure you’ve been looking for.
Here are a couple of tips to help you get started.
- We love a good home remedy, but be cautious; there are plenty of alternative methods out there that are really just old wives’ tales. The last thing we want is for you to waste your time, or worse, suffer lasting effects from a ‘remedy’ passed down from your neighbor’s grandma.
- If natural remedies just aren’t working for you, there’s nothing wrong with pursuing a pharmaceutical solution. You need to keep two things in mind, though. First, make sure to select a medication geared specifically toward your symptoms; nasal spray isn’t likely to help your sore throat. Secondly, it’s possible (and even likely) that after taking a certain medication for an extended period of time your body will get used to it and stop responding. So before you restock your cupboard with your go-to allergy pills, reflect on how you’ve been feeling and make sure they’re still actually helping you.
- If the over-the-counter meds don’t seem to have any affect on you, it’s probably time to visit an allergist. They’ll ask about your symptoms and medications and then probably conduct a test to determine what exactly you’re allergic to, be it a pollen, food, or fabric. Once they figure out what’s going on, they’ll likely order you a prescription.
Setting remedies aside, there are a couple preventative methods you can enact at home to aid you in your battle against seasonal allergies.
- Vacuum the carpets, sweep the floors, and dust. Whatever you’re allergic to- pollen, animal hair, dust- will collect on your floors, shelves, and furniture and torment you without you ever guessing the problem.
- Use mattress and pillow covers to protect against dust mites, and wash your bedding in hot water to destroy any that might have already gathered.
- Shower at the end of the day. Wash your hair, body, and clothes when you get home. Anything that’s floating around outside or at work has been attached to you all day, and you’re tracking it with you everywhere you go.
So there you have it- everything you need to know to get started on your mission. We know how debilitating it can be- the sneezing, coughing, and fatigue that never seems to go away- but we’re confident that this is your year.