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After a long brutal winter, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring. I’m not a fan of winter and couldn’t wait for the warmer weather and budding flowers. However, the coming of spring also means watery eyes and stuffy noses. Yup, allergy season is here.
When I was younger, I never suffered from seasonal allergies. I started to develop them in my mid 20′s and have been suffering ever since. After suffering for so many years, I know that I need to be proactive in my effort to prepare for allergy season, and for me that means heading out to Duane Reade to stock up on some of the things I need to soothe my symptoms.
How to relieve allergy symptoms
Know the pollen count.
Pollen counts will tell you the number of pollen grains in a cubic meter of air. A low count usually means it’s probably okay to head to the park for some family fun. A high count is a red flag. Since I live in a woodsy area I may want to consider staying indoors with the air conditioner running on those high pollen days.
Thank goodness I recently found the Poncho weather app. The Poncho weather app is a great tool that provides personalized daily weather updates, including today’s pollen count. The service is initially being launched in New York, but the developers of Poncho expect to expand the service to other cities in the near future.
Take Seasonal Allergy medication.
Of course, it’s nearly impossible for a busy mom like me to stay indoors just because of a high pollen count. That’s where seasonal allergy medicine comes in. When I first developed seasonal allergies, my symptoms were so bad that I had to take prescription medicine in order to get relief. Now that my symptoms are not so severe, I always make sure to have some Claritin on hand. Claritin can be pretty pricey so I was happy to see a coupon for it via the Poncho App. Apparently it pops up only on high pollen days.
Sip on some peppermint tea.
When I lived in Brooklyn, my parents used to grow peppermint in our backyard. We used to just go out back and pick some laves anytime anytime anyone needed some tea. Since it’s early spring, it’s way too early for fresh peppermint so I just buy it. Peppermint is said to be a decongestant. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also use a warm peppermint tea bag to soothe itchy eyes by using it as a compress over your eyelids, so it’s the perfect tea to have on hand during allergy season.
Take a bath.
If you are outdoors on days when the pollen count is high, it’s always a good idea to take a bath or shower when you get home to wash pollen out of your hair and off of your body. Doing this will help to keep your allergy symptoms at bay. Also, inhaling the steam can help clear your nasal passages. I like to add some Epsom salt and essential oils like eucalyptus to my bath water. Taking a bath is my old school way of feeling better faster.
How do you relieve allergy symptoms?