When I moved to Denver, I had minimal seasonal allergies–I only dealt with a couple minor, common allergies like nickel jewelry or buttons and bee stings. Because the air is very dry in Denver, much more so than where I grew up in the Midwest, seasonal allergies eventually ensued after 2-3 years of living here. I’ve been battling allergic reactions and a multitude of allergy symptoms ever since. My allergies are pretty much a year-round battle, but winter is tolerable. Please note, I am not a doctor, so depending on the severity of your symptoms, I would also recommend visiting an allergist to help you control your allergy symptoms.
Here are some at-home relief tips that have worked for me.
NeilMed NasaFlo Neti Pot and Sinus Rinse kits
You can find these at any drugstore–I’ve even seen off-brand styles if you’re on a budget. These rinse systems take a little getting used to, but once you have it down, they can really clear up congestion, dryness and sneezing. I use the Neti Pot when my nasal passage is clear, but if I’m severely congested, the Sinus Rinse is a squeeze bottle that helps push the solution through. The rinses also work if you’re feeling the onset of a cold, as they will help rinse out bacteria in your nose.
I got this tip from a friend I used to work with, and she said a tablespoon full of local honey or dried pollen (mixed in tea) could work for seasonal allergies in the spring and summer months. She was spot on–it is definitely worth a try if you don’t like taking allergy medicine.
Breathe Right nasal strips
Yes, they look a little funny on, but they work! I go for the maximum relief and have the advanced strips, but these nasal strips will really open up your nasal passage and clear congestion. I wear them on nights I have trouble breathing and I get a much better night’s rest.
Warm Lemon Water
If you’re not a tea drinker or, like me, you tire of tea easily, try a simple mix of warm water and real lemon juice. I squeeze several lemons to get their juice and add it to an airtight container; then fresh lemon juice is ready when I need it. This helps when my throat is burning or if I have a persistent cough.
In addition to these drug-free remedies, I also take an over-the-counter allergy pill at night and have an inhaler and nasal spray prescribed by my allergist.