As an allergy sufferer for as long as I can remember, March through October are dreaded months for me. My ears itch like crazy, the back of my throat has a constant tickle, the sniffles are never ending, sneezing is frequent, and it becomes harder to breathe. After years and years, through trial and error, I have discovered some things that have helped me.
For indoor allergies, make sure all the areas of your home are clean. Dust at least once a week if not more often. This will help keep your allergies to a minimum inside the house by creating a cleaner environment. Also, make sure to vacuum after you dust, otherwise you will just be spreading the dust more throughout the house, most likely making your allergies worse.
Take a Shower before Bed
After a long day of work, especially if you are working out in the garden or working on cleaning your house, make sure to take a shower before going to bed. This will help get the allergens out of your hair, and they will not end up on your pillowcase. A shower before bed could also help you to relax and get a better night’s sleep overall.
To help clear out my sinuses, I will start to boil water in a saucepan, and then stick my head over it to inhale the steam. Some days when sticking my head right over the pan is too much; I will place a washcloth over the pot and then put the washcloth over my face, which tends to be just as effective. Otherwise, a humidifier works great, but I already own a saucepan and have easy access to water, so I choose this method.
Switch OTC Medications
Over the counter medications tend to help me a lot, but I find if I use one too much I will start becoming immune and it stops working. Personally, I like to take Claratin, because it covers all my symptoms without the drowsiness. However, I have found if I take it too many days in a row, it isn’t as effective. I started switching back and forth between Claratin and Sudafed because these both help me and I can still function daily without drowsiness, or I will take Benadryl before going to bed.
I have heard from several different people that eating a tablespoon of local honey from local beehives will help with allergies because putting it in your body helps your body adjust to the local pollens. I have yet to try this, but I am definitely going to in the near future, as soon as I can get down to the local farmer’s market.