Five Best Ways of Dealing With Severe Seasonal Allergies

“Wear sunglasses even indoors.”

seasonal-allergyAre you having that moment when you first feel really good, happy and healthy, only to be suddenly struck with an allergy? Allergies can ruin happy moments and worsen depression. You may definitely find it difficult to work or study while suffering from allergies. I myself am a strong victim of this trauma, but I always fight and defeat it. Taking medication is of course inevitable, but there are even more interesting things you can do to fight allergies more fiercely, alongside medication. Here is what I do:

  1. First take the medication. Whenever I sense the early signs (itchy throat, mildly watery nose or eyes), I jump to my Loratadine Tablets USP Antihistamine and take one tablet. As you can see, it is stated that we may only take one tablet per day [1] however I always feel this is not enough since my allergy symptoms resume a few minutes after an interception by the medicine. In some cases, I see the allergy disappear for the season when I take the pill as early as I experience the symptoms. But if that’s not the case, I then follow the next step.
  2. Wear sunglasses even indoors. The eyes tend to get more sensitive to light during ocular allergies [2] . Without my sunglasses, looking at the computer can feel like punishment, especially when the allergy is severe. I normally wear sunglasses during the day or near bright areas, almost throughout the course of my severe allergies.
  3. Get more sleep. Sleeping helps the body repair and freshen itself [3] . One depressing thing for me is that sometimes the allergy won’t even let me sleep well. I often have watery eyes and nose during sleep. One trick I do for the nose part is that I sleep while facing upwards. More sleeping hours help battle my allergies.
  4. Take more of hot meals or drinks. I have found for myself, that I feel much better whenever I take less cold food and more hot ones. So my advice here is that you try that too.
  5. Do some physical fitness exercise. For those with nasal blockage, “exercise may even help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion.” [4] Doing mild physical fitness exercises have helped me through my allergies. My favorite is running. You can also try jumping jacks or skipping rope, or check out your favorite physical fitness exercise routine and do it more often.

Doing these five things really helped relieve my allergy symptoms and remove almost, if not all, of the associated miseries. Of course this is not medical advice, so I urge you to consult a professional before trying these thrilling tricks against the infamous seasonal allergies.


References:
[1] “LORATADINE TABLETS USP – PACKAGE LABELS.” National Institutes of Health. 21 Dec. 2012 <http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=17600>
[2] Foster, Steven (review). “Ocular Allergies.” Healthy Women. 21 Dec. 2012 <http://www.healthywomen.org/condition/ocular-allergies>
[3] “Why Do We Sleep, Anyway?” Harvard University. 21 Dec. 2012 <http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/why-do-we-sleep>.
[4] Laskowski, Edward. “Exercise and illness: Work out with a cold?” MayoClinic.com. 21 Dec. 2012 <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/AN01097>.

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