HACHOO! Sneeze much lately? If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, you have allergies–and when the seasons change, swirling pollen, ragweed, grasses, and other fragrant stuff in the air–life can become downright unpleasant.
Before you grab another box of tissues (and some cover-up to hide that red nose!) check out these facts about seasonal allergies:
* One in five Americans suffer from symptoms of allergies or asthma
* Common symptoms include an itchy throat; dry, irritated eyes; sneezing, congestion, and a cough
* Some experts say using a Neti Pot or a saline nasal spray can help reduce the symptoms and keep allergies from causing a sinus infection.
* Drinking lots of water can help, too, as it flushes the irritants out of your body faster.
* Of course, over the counter medications help, but they can be tricky too. Benadryl will make you drowsy, so it’s not a good choice before class or work; while Claratin and many decongestants contain stimulants and will keep you up all night if you’re not careful.
* If your symptoms are really bad or last a long time, make an appointment to see an allergist. They can tell you exactly what’s irritating you and help you put a stop to it!
Now that you have all this allergy information, take care, feel better, and have a happy spring!
Do you have bad allergies? What happens when they strike? Do you have any tricks or tips to share about feeling better? let us know in the comments!