I have allergies and you must too if you are reading this! Are you wondering how I get more relief by taking action now and less misery later? In the long run, I also end up spending less money to relieve my allergy symptoms. Let me tell you how I am able to do this. First, I need to make it clear you should see your doctor if allergy symptoms persist or symptoms become severe. I am writing this for the veteran allergy sufferers out there with mild to moderate allergies that want to take preventive action to control or minimize symptoms but spend a little less money on prescription medicines doing so.
Keep your home clean. First of all, we all know that our allergies are typically a reaction to things in the air we can’t see, such as pollen, dust and dander. You have all heard this before, keep your home as clean as possible. Every little thing makes a difference. Do you cover your mattress and pillows? Do you wash your bed linens often? Do you have tile or wood floors? If you have carpet, do you vacuum frequently? These are things you have heard or read before, but they really do make a difference. About eight years ago, I removed all the carpet from my home. I have no scientific proof, but I know I slept better after taking that drastic change.
Get rid of the carpet. In my current home, I replaced all the flooring when I moved into the home. This house was stuck in the 70s and even the bathrooms had carpet. I had to work within a budget so I opted to put tile in all wet areas, wood floors in my master bedroom and family room and a low pile carpet in the guest bedrooms and formal areas. More than half of my home has a hard surface, making it easier to control my symptoms by controlling my environment. You may not have the finances to remove all the carpet at one time. Make a plan and budget for carpet-free areas where you sleep and spend time with your family. Investing in a carpet-free bedroom is an investment in your health and you deserve it.
Use the best air conditioning filter available. This is very important especially during peak allergy season. I check the filter often and change it frequently. OK, right now you are thinking why you should pay that extra money for an air filter when some cost as little at $5. A great filter that “catches” most pollens, mold and dust costs about $20. That’s less than $100 a year for cleaner indoor air. I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend money on air filters than antibiotics or other medications that are sometimes needed when allergy symptoms get out of control. Treating the house with a good air filter is much less costly than treating a family of four for sinus or respiratory infections initiated by allergies.
Use saline solution daily. This tip comes from my mom, who doesn’t have severe allergies but uses the saline to clean out her nasal cavities. Following her doctor’s advice, she started using saline years ago to flush contaminants and germs out of her nasal passages. About five years ago it seemed like the allergy season hit very early, right in the middle of cold season. It was a busy time of the year and I ignored getting medical treatment in a timely manner. By the time I went to the doctor, I had severe bronchitis. Along with all the prescriptions my doctor prescribed, I began using the saline mist Mom reminded me to use.It helped loosen and flush the congestion out of my sinus and nasal passages. Now, saline mist is a staple in my home. We prefer a specific brand, Simply Saline, but they all work. Ah, a blast in the morning clears out all the gunk. Using it as part of my bedtime routine flushes out the pollen, dust and dander I inhaled all day. The mist is comforting and also makes a dry, irritated nose feel better.The stuffiness is eased and I fall asleep easily.
Cleanse your eyes. My eyes are treated just like the nose. Those itchy eyes drive me crazy, but I know they are just reacting to the pollen in the air. My dad suffers from eye allergies. He’s in his late 70s and just recently quit taking antihistamines daily.They were drying out his eyes too much! Now, he uses eye drops to lubricate and cleanse his eyes. He doesn’t use those that claim to get the red out or prescriptions from his doctor. He and I both use lubricant drops (Refresh) to flush pollen and other irritants out of our eyes. We buy the product in bulk at a warehouse store and split the package. The last package we bought had four small bottles and a fifth tiny bottle (for my purse). We both had a new fresh bottle to use the next day. For less than $10 each, we will both find relief for our itchy eyes for the remainder of this allergy season.
All my suggestions are things that you have heard before. By putting them into action you will learn it is less expensive to try to prevent and minimize the allergic reactions rather than treat them. By taking action now, you’ll feel better in the long run. Yep, sometimes my body fights back too hard when I spend too much time outside during my peak allergy season. During those times, I also seek professional assistance if I can’t control my symptoms. But my suggestions are all easy ways to get more allergy relief on an ongoing basis. Try them. Your eyes, ears, nose and throat will thank you.