4 Practical Ways to Beat Allergy Symptoms

Posted by David The Expert on: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Topic: Health     Read 18,209 Times

When you suffer from allergies, these tips will give you the best chance of feeling better.

I suffer from terrible allergies, especially during the spring when seasonal allergies are unbearable due to the high pollen levels. Between the runny nose, scratchy throat, and itchy eyes, it feels like having a really bad cold that just won't go away. The height of spring allergy season lasts at least two months, so it's like a cold that won't go away for that long. And then the rest of the year there are other great things to be allergic to, like animals, dust, food, plants, and even insects. So here are the strategies I use to relieve my allergy symptoms during the spring, and year round.

1. Daily Allergy Medications
Many people are wary of taking allergy medications daily, because it seems like a lot of drugs to put into your body. But really, they are quite harmless. Other people are concerned that they make you drowsy or woozy, but this is not true with newer medications like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra. I personally take Zyrtec every day, all year, and it does wonders for controlling my allergies. I don't know what I'd do without it. I once tried not taking it for a while, and all the allergy symptoms came rushing back. It keeps them at bay, but during the spring the massive amounts of pollen are just too much for it.

2. Stay Indoors
This one is a no-brainer. Most air conditioners have a built in filtration system, so when you're indoors with the AC running, the pollen can't get to you. If you don't want to run the air conditioning all day, just get a portable air filter. There are many different kinds of air filters, and they all really do the job for not much money. Just be careful not to keep any windows open or to leave the door open for a long time.

3. Dust Masks
This one might be a bit extreme, but it can really help. If you're indoors but still suffering, your air filter might not be doing the best job of filtering out the pollen. So forget about the air filter, and pop a filter right over your nose and mouth. Stop the pollen from getting to you there.
This is also extremely helpful if you need to go outside for a long period of time. It does look dumb if you have to go out in public, but if you're doing yard work or anything else that requires you to be outdoors, the only way to avoid breathing in all that pollen is to wear a dust mask.

4. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
Benadryl is that old-style antihistamine that can make you drowsy and woozy. So it's best to take this in moderation. But sometimes when the daily antihistamines (like Zyrtec) can't keep up during the spring, Benadryl adds that extra kick that really gets rid of the last of the symptoms. I've spent quite a bit of time researching whether it's safe to take both types of antihistamines at the same time, and it does seem to be okay. But if you're unsure, you should always check with your doctor. When my allergies are bothering me a lot, I like to take a dose of Benadryl at night. It also helps me sleep, because of its side effect of drowsiness. The same drug is often sold as a sleep-aide for substantially more money. It's a good way to sleep through the night without waking up unable to breathe, when your allergies get really bad.

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David The Expert

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