I have bad allergies and over the years have spent some miserable springs and falls. Now a lot of what I do to mitigate them goes out the window when the system fails. The air conditioner no longer works and meds go in short supply. So what is the solution?
There are several things that I have found, help me.
1. If I have to work in the garden, wear a dust mask. Get or make some old-fashioned cloth ones that you can wash and reuse.
2. Stock up on necessary meds. Over the counter allergy medicines are inexpensive, if you ask your pharmacist for generic bottles of a thousand.
3. Take a spoonful of local honey every day. This contains local pollens and will help build up your resistance.
4. Stinging Nettle. try a natural option, it acts similar to many of the drugs sold to treat allergies, but without the unwanted side effects of dry mouth and drowsiness. Nettles a common weed in many parts of the United States, actually inhibits the body’s ability to produce histamine. The easiest way to take it is a freeze-dried extract of the leaves sold in capsules. Studies have shown that taking about 300 milligrams daily will offer relief for most people, although the effects may last only a few hours. You also can make your own tinctures or teas with stinging nettle.
5. Limit your outdoor activity to specific times. Pollen counts are highest between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and lowest right after it rains or at night.
6. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and can be found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, limes, potatoes, green peppers and red peppers. Histamine is a substance that is released when your body is having an allergic reaction and causes itching and inflammation.
7. If you have indoor pets, it is best if they have short hair and are brushed regularly. Pets will carry in pollens as well as produce dander, both of which you may be allergic too.
8. Avoid any nasal spray that contains steroids, if you read the fine print on the warnings you will find that they cause cataracts and glaucoma. I used them for years and have had cataract surgery and am a candidate for glaucoma.