If the high pollen count is your own personal nightmare, chances are that you suffer from seasonal allergies (otherwise known as hay fever).
Symptoms are no fun, and they include sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, congested sinuses and coughing. Over-the-counter allergy medications can be helpful, but they can’t cover every single symptom at all times.
Take measures to survive allergy season in more ways than just medication.
Surgeons like Dr. George Hatzigiannis make managing pain their business, so if allergies are giving you enough trouble surgery might be a good option. It is a quick process that involves opening sinus cavities and removing whatever might be blocking them. This is by no means the first line of defense for seasonal allergies, but it has been known to help people who suffer from extreme allergy symptoms.
Note the difference between allergies and extreme allergies. While allergies cause discomfort and general misery abound springtime, extreme allergies are much more serious. Symptoms can include:
- Hives or rash
- Fatigue and weakness
- Loss of consciousness
- Shortness of breath or swollen throat
Clean Your House
No, this is not a ploy to get you to clean up. Allergens are carried in the wind, and open doors and windows can spread them all over your home. Dust, sweep and vacuum regularly to get rid of any lingering pollen or dust mites. Changing your sheets on a regular basis and washing them in hot water will kill whatever germs are lurking in them. These habits can make for a better night’s sleep and lessen symptoms of hay fever.
If your sinuses are giving you hell and you are unable to breathe, smell or taste, try using a neti pot. These are sold at most drug stores and come in many different brands. Rinsing out your nasal cavities with water and saline solution can help to clear them. Since you are pouring a foreign liquid into your body, ensure that you are using your neti pot safely. Some safety tips include:
- Use distilled water, or boil your own to ensure that it is sterile.
- Clean your pot thoroughly with boiled water and soap, and allow it to air dry. Leave the lid off to ensure proper ventilation and to discourage the growth of mold.
If needles freak you out, this is not the route to go for you. Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese healing that involves sticking a patient with multiple needles. Although this sounds painful, acupuncture is not supposed to hurt. While patients may experience a dull ache at the site of insertion, acupuncture is meant to stimulate nerves to help the body release healing endorphins. Studies show that it might be a natural remedy for seasonal allergies and help itchy eyes and a runny nose.
Springtime is beautiful, but for allergy sufferers it is one of the most dreaded times of the year. Take control of your hay fever and try other remedies to help alleviate symptoms. It might take a combination of treatments to find the one that works best for you, but taking your health seriously should be your top priority.