How to handle allergies during pollen season

We have entered into that time of the year when everything outside is coated with a lovely yellow. Or not so lovely.

Year after year we are plagued with pollen and (for those affected) we respond to it in a not-so-friendly manner. Pollen can cause itchy eyes, sore throat, runny nose, itchy ears and more. These common side effects affect a large sum of the population and in return, many are unable to enjoy the beautiful weather outside that this time of year brings.

“I’ve woken up every morning with a stuffy nose and have been sneezing and coughing,” student Taylor Hill said.

Unfortunately, this is how many wake up during this season. So, you’re next question should be: What can I do about this? How can I avoid it? How can I make it better?

You can treat your pollen allergies in three ways: medically, naturally or don’t go outside. The last option is not favorable, so I will now provide more information on the other two.

Here are popular medicines to treat pollen allergies:

  • Claritin:
    – No. 1 physician recommended non-drowsy brand.
    – Offers non-drowsy relief against pollen, dust, pets and even mold.
    – Temporarily relieves runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sore throat and sneezing.
    – Clinically tested and proven to keep you alert and focused, as if you did not have allergies to begin with.

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    Photo courtesy of drugsdetails.com

     

  • Zyrtec:
    – Used to combat indoor, outdoor and seasonal allergies.
    – Provides relief from sore throat, itchy throat and eyes, and stuffy nose.
    – Treats adults and children.
    – The product line includes tablets, liquid gels, and dissolvable tablets.

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    Photo courtesy of zyrtec.com

If medical treatment is not your “go-to,” here are a few natural remedies:

– Saline nasal rinse, which flushes your sinuses with a saltwater solution that can help wash away irritants and allergens.

– Steam inhalation (with drops of essential oils)

– Eating local honey

– Quercetin

“I’m taking an allergy medicine they give out at the school health services! I would for sure try a natural remedy though,” Hill said.

Don’t live in this season fearful of the outdoors. Instead, try a medical or natural remedy (or both) to combat frustrating allergies.

“I can’t really think of one medicine that hasn’t worked,” Hill said.

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