Spring Has Sprung....And So Have Allergies!

Spring Has Sprung... And So Have Allergies!

Ah, that gorgeous time of year!

My tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth are all are blooming, and so is the pollen. I love this time of year, because my yard smells amazing and the flowers cheer me up after a dreary winter.

But, flowers and trees bring pollen. And misery.

Spring time allergies

The Hubster and I and all 3 adult children have allergies. Which means we spend every spring and summer sneezing, blowing our noses, and having asthma attacks from the pollen. Someone was said to me, "Well, it's just allergies. They not that bad, are they? I really wanted to smack them, but instead said, "Well, it's like having a cold - that lasts from March through September. Yep, all spring and all summer long. Month, after month, after month."

Imagine carrying around wads of tissues everywhere you go. Taking allergy pills or nose spray, and spending years having allergy shots.

And yet we still suffer.

Here are a few things we found to help our sniffling, sneezing family:

Buy good tissues

The ones that have lotion - trust me on this one.

Buy allergy pills and allergy nose spray in bulk

Warehouse stores sell a 10 pack of nose spray, which is great for our family of 5. We can also buy a multi-pack of warehouse brand of allergy pills (which is less expensive for us.) They also have multi-packs of the name brand allergy pills if you like those better.

Experiment with allergy medicine

Each of my family members likes something different. My kids all like different kinds of allergy pills, but I prefer an allergy nose spray. Allergy pills have different sedation rates (some make you sleepier than others), so try a few and see which one you like. Business Insider says,

"Allegra is the least likely to make you drowsy. Claritin is long-acting, with effects that last for 24 hours. Zyrtec acts the fastest — usually within one hour — but is also the most likely to make you drowsy, so avoid driving, alcohol, and sedatives as you figure out how you react."

Consider allergy shots.

Talk to your doc on this one. Despite taking allergy pills or allergy nose spray, we couldn't control my kid's allergies. Not only did they sneeze all day long, but all night. I used to lay in bed and count how many times Daughter could sneeze (in her sleep). I think her record was 30 sneezes in a row. Allergy shots are a long process (usually 3-5 years), but well worth it if you are losing sleep and are miserable because allergy pills and nose spray just aren't cutting it. Asthma Doc can do a simple skin prick test to see if you (or your kids) qualify. If you do, welcome to the Shots Club! And if Asthma Doc tells you to wait 30 minutes to makes sure you don't have an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), do it!  The ONE time we left shots early, Oldest Son had anaphylaxis from allergy shots. Yes, it does happen.

Shower before bed

This removes the pollen from your hair and skin. This also allows you to sleep better than if you were covered in pollen and rolling around in bed all night.

Keep the windows closed

Yep, that refreshing spring breeze? Forget about it. Keep the windows shut in your home and car. That breeze brings in pollen, which will make allergies and asthma worse.

Use Central Air

Same idea with keeping the windows closed. If you have a swamp cooler, that can allow pollen into your home. So can keeping the windows slightly open to allow the swamp cooler to work properly.

Our journey with allergies and asthma began 18 years ago, and these are some of the things that have helped us along the way. Anyone else have any ideas of things that have helped them?

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