Prep for Allergy Season
By Rachel Shouse
Allergies can be really difficult for some people. The tricky part with allergies is there are so many possible causes. Fortunately, if you keep track of when your allergies happen, you can deduce what your possible triggers are. Identifying your allergy, finding ways to avoid triggers, and using a few at home or natural remedies can really help get you through this allergy season.
Identifying Your Allergy
While some may go to an allergist to determine what they're allergic to, some may try to figure this out on their own. If you fall into that category, you've come to the right place. It's actually pretty simple identifying your allergy based on when you experience allergy symptoms.
Allergy symptoms can be rather tricky. They can range from a runny nose, a sore throat, a cough, sinus headaches, and more. To keep it simple you could keep track of your symptoms on your phone or calendar. Try to remember where you were when the symptoms started. Also be mindful of what time of year it is because different plants, flowers, and molds go wild throughout different times of the year.
Finding Ways to Avoid Your Triggers
This is where you may have to get creative. Depending on your allergy, you may need to completely avoid certain places and be very mindful of when you go outside. This can be rather hard for a lot of people as their allergies are triggered by something outdoors. While that's not the only case, it's a rather common problem. Others may be allergic to dust and that's mainly inside the home, so it really does depend on the person.
Think of things you really like to do in a place that won't bother you. Try not to beat yourself up if you have to cancel plans in order to keep yourself from feeling horrible. If canceling isn't an option, see if there's a way to keep your plans but maybe choose a different place or time.
Natural Remedies for Allergy Season
There are so many different ways to handle your allergies at home in a more natural way opposed to over the counter medications or a prescription. Some may be perfectly OK with trying a medication, others may lean towards a more natural remedy.
That being said, tea is a great place to start. The heat helps relieve a sore throat. Be mindful of what's in the tea. If you buy one made for allergies you'll notice that it works really well. Plants and herbs do different things so doing a little research really helps. If you like tea, try it with honey instead of sugar. Honey helps coat the throat and you're also not ingesting straight sugar.
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