“Allergic to cats, allergic to bees
Allergic to dust, allergic to trees
Allergic to mold, allergic to weeds”
-from “Allergies” by The Barenaked Ladies
(Image Courtesy of Google Images. You would not believe the completely gross images I found when I Googled “person sneezing”)
SPRING has finally arrived, because less than half of my lawn is snow covered! Wheeee!
As we transition from the endless winter into spring, which means I’m transitioning from my last cold of the season right into allergies. So I’m basically going from being a contagious, coughing, snotting mess to a non-contagious, coughing, snotting, sneezing mess with red itchy eyes. Yes, it’s very pretty.
I have a nasal spray that helps somewhat, but I’ve struggled to find an over-the-counter treatment that really does the job. The ones that you don’t have to show your photo identification and swear on your life that you’re not going to use it for any kind of Walter White-type activities don’t do much for me. And I’ve only found one of the pseudoephedrine-containing drugs that actually work on my allergy symptoms.
The problem with this particular medication, while it works for my symptoms, it has an unfortunate side effect that falls under the “Stop use and ask a doctor if…” warnings on the package. Insomnia. But, I figure, at least for the short term, I’d rather be WIDE AWAKE at 4:30 am because of this medication than waking my whole household up all night with this awful congested cough.
But I can’t do this for the whole allergy season. Because when I am sleep deprived for more than a few days, things around here get a little crazy. When I say “things around here”, I’m referring to myself and when I say “little crazy”, I mean I completely fall apart.
So what is an allergy sufferer to do?
This is where I’m reaching out to you, dear reader. Do you have any reliable methods for dealing with allergy season? I’m planning on procuring some more local honey and taking at least a teaspoon of that per day. I’ve heard that netti pots can help, but I have this maybe/maybe not irrational fear that I will be stricken with some strange bacterial infection if I use one. I’ve also heard of people taking bee pollen, and drinking apple cider vinegar. Have you tried any of these? And what were your results?
Please comment below about your favored reliable allergy relief, because I wish to enter the warmer months without the congestion and coughing and irritable mood!