Cure Those Annoying Allergies
April showers bring May…. Allergies! At least for me they do! Let’s forget about the all-year-round allergies I was also blessed with (cats, dogs, feathers, dust, mildew, etc.) And let’s focus on what you are probably feeling during this April month: sneezing, water eyes, sniffling, congestion, maybe some coughing?
Allergies are LITERALLY the worst. But I’m going to help you handle your allergies so you can get back to the things that matter like friends, family, and work.
First of all, you should identify what kind of allergies you have. Do they only come around during certain seasons? Are they animal related? And what happens when you are around these allergens? Do you sneeze? Do you get rashes or hives? Some reactions are worse than others and can sometimes show the severity of the situation. For me, I have to be quite careful because I have allergy-induced asthma and there is a cycle that begins, and I need to take notice of it right away before it becomes too severe. I can begin to sneeze or get hives, fairly normal reaction, but if I am around allergens long enough, I’ll start to wheeze. Wheezing is definitely not good because it means my lungs could be filling up with fluid, and my chest can get tight from irritation to my bronchial tubes. WHAT A MESS!
So I prevent myself from getting sick (and possibly needing an emergency visit to the hospital) by taking my prescribed medication along with over the counter medicine. My prescriptions are more focused toward my asthma, but I help prevent my asthma from flaring up by taking Claritin or Allegra. Find which over the counter works for you. I find that Benadryl works THE BEST (especially for those crazy hives and rashes) but knocks you out almost immediately. So to stay awake and focused, I like Allegra the best.
Another prevention I take is by avoiding my allergens – way to state the obvious, Lauren! Duh, everyone should avoid their allergens. Don’t go over someone’s house if they have a dog and you’re allergic. Don’t go running outside if you’re allergic to pollen and you can see a film of yellow pollen resting on your car windshield. But sometimes we do have to expose ourselves. Sometimes we do need to walk to work when the pollen levels are high and sometimes we can’t say no to a family dinner just because a cat lives there. For those times, you should take all precautions you can: take medicine, avoid touching or being around allergen as much as possible, etc.
All of this may sound SUPER OBVIOUS, and it is! But you would be surprised at how many people walk around sneezing, sniffling, and coughing all day, especially in the spring when the flowers bloom and all the plants start unfreezing. Some people make up excuses. Some people claim it’s a one-time thing. Some people say “oh, it’s just a cold.”
Yes, it may be annoying to make an appointment with a doctor, and more specifically an allergist. And in no way am I a doctor, so I cannot tell you what to do. But I would suggest seeing a doctor depending on the severity of your allergies. A healthy body supports a healthy mind and vice versa. If you are not taking care of your health, how do you expect to apply yourself fully to all your daily activities? Allergy headache? Guess you’re playing the quiet game with the kids. Allergy cough? Guess you’re not participating in the karaoke contest at work.
“An estimated 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies. Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18 years old.” (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) So do yourself a favor and take care of yourself. Your body will thank you and your mind will thank you!