Itchy eyes, sneezing, post nasal drip, and the like are just some of the unpleasant symptoms that come along with spring and summer if you’re someone with allergies. The April 2010 issue of Body and Soul had some great suggestions for those that unfortunately share this lot in life. Some natural, and for more stubborn persistent cases, OTC types were recommended. If you’re one of these folks that need allergy cures, you may find some of these suggestions helpful in the upcoming spring and summer seasons.
You might want to first reduce your exposure to the allergens that bother you, if your someone lucky enough to have only a mild case of allergies. On high pollen days, you can accomplish this easily by closing your windows and staying indoors for the day. It’s also helpful to set your air conditioner on the recirculate function as well as washing your laundry in hot water.
If you find you need a bit more than the above suggestions, you can try stinging nettle. An herb that comes freeze dried and is known for it’s antihistimine type of effect. You can drink it in tea form or you can also find this herb in tincture form at your local health food store. Be aware that stinging nettle is not good for pregnant women and may have interactions with other drugs, so be sure to consult your physician prior to using it.
If your allergy problem is a bit more extreme, it may be time to consider an OTC drug to help you out. There are a few very effective allergy medications out there, including Zyrtec, and Claritin. If those still leave you with allergy problems, you may find it necessary to consult your doctor for pharmaceutical medications that are helpful.
If you’ve been there and done all of the above without the relief you need, there are also allergy shots to consider. I personally have tried these as a child and got amazingly good results from them. As a young child I had intense asthma and allergies that just wouldn’t quit, so I resorted to these with a very positive outcome. This is called immunotherapy and it slowly exposes your immune system to the allergens. Then over time you become more tolerant of them.
Spring and summer are seasons that can be some of the best times of the year , so preparing yourself with some of these ideas can be just what you need to move into the warmer season without anticipating the misery that allergies can bring.