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I enjoy just about everything related to springtime. I’m so happy to finally be outside without wearing ten pounds of winter clothing. To me, spring/summer means finally being able to work in my garden, warmer temperatures, barbecues, campfires, sitting on the deck, camping, hiking and my newest obsession, sangria.
The only problem; my sangria pitcher broke and I need a new and pretty replacement ASAP! This past weekend, my hubby and I decided (OK, I decided) we needed to head to Walmart in search of the elusive, “pretty pitcher”.
As we were getting ready to leave the house, I started sneezing and was quickly reminded of another, not so welcome, seasonal occurrence…environmental allergies!
(I found the elusive “pretty pitcher as well as allergy relief during my trip to Walmart!)
When I went to the medicine shelf to grab a couple allergy relief pills, I noticed the box was just about empty. As we were running low, I quickly added it to the “to get” list. Trust me, it is not the thing you want to run out of!
I’m not sure if you are aware, but there are actually two types of environmental allergies:
- Perennial allergies can affect people all year-round, due to the constant presence of allergens in our environment. These include dust mites, mould spores and animal dander/saliva. These mostly consist of indoor triggers, so perennial allergies tend to worsen in the winter, when we are mostly inside.
- Seasonal allergies only occur for a limited time or season. More commonly called “hay fever,” this type of allergic reaction happens around the same time each year and is triggered by airborne pollen from a variety of plants, shrubs, trees and grasses.
What Happens During an Allergic Reaction?
First, a person is exposed to an allergen by inhaling it, swallowing it, or getting it on their skin. Normally, the immune system does not respond to mild substances like pollen and mold. But in sensitive people, the body’s defense mechanism views these allergens as it would an infectious agent and mounts an attack.
The body then, in an effort to combat the invading substance, unleashes a cascade of chemicals, such as histamine, resulting in localized inflammation that leads to irritation and discomfort.
My husband, myself and our two children all suffer from seasonal allergies. In addition, our two kids also suffer a moderate form of perennial allergies. Combined, we have all experience many, if not the entire list of these unpleasant symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes, nose and mouth
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Sinus pain
How to Avoid Seasonal Allergy Triggers – you can decrease your exposure to pollen in many ways:
- Monitor local pollen counts
- Be aware that hot, dry, and windy days are peak allergy days.
- Pollen counts are the highest between 5am and 10am, so limit your outside exposure during those times.
- Try to plan your trips for when it’s cooler and less windy. After a rain is a good time to go outside.
- When outside, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen
- Have a shower and wash your hair before bed. This prevents transferring pollen to your sheets and pillowcase.
- Keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen, especially when the local pollen count is high.
- Avoid line drying your clothes and bedding outdoors when your local pollen count is high.
- Wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen.
- Minimize contact with items that have come in contact with pollen, such as pets and people who have spent a large amount of time outdoors.
Allergy Treatment – The best treatment for allergies, is to avoid the offending allergens altogether.
This is possible if the allergen is a specific food, like peanuts, which can be cut out of the diet, but not when the air we breathe is loaded with allergens.
Air purifiers, filters, humidifiers, and conditioners give varying degrees of relief, but none is 100 percent effective. Various over-the-counter or prescription medications also offer relief.
- Antihistamines. These medications counter the effects of histamine, the substance that makes eyes water and noses itch and causes sneezing during allergic reactions.
- Nasal steroids. These anti-inflammatory sprays help decrease inflammation, swelling, and mucus production. They work well in combination with antihistamines and, in low doses for brief periods of time.
- Cromolyn sodium. A nasal spray, cromolyn sodium can help stop some allergies by blocking release of histamine and other symptom-producing chemicals.
- Decongestants. Available in capsule and spray form, decongestants thin nasal secretions and can reduce swelling and sinus discomfort. Intended for short-term use, they are usually used in combination with antihistamines. Long-term usage of spray decongestants can actually make symptoms worse.
- Immunotherapy. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) might provide relief for patients who don’t find relief with antihistamines or nasal steroids. They alter the body’s immune response to allergens, thereby helping to prevent allergic reactions.
At one time or another, my family and I have all been under the care of a physician for our perennial and seasonal allergies. Due to changes in our home, such as, replacing carpets with hardwood floors, minimizing clutter and HEPA filters, the perennial allergies symptoms have decreased dramatically.
Even though we now do everything we can to avoid pollen and our seasonal allergies have moderated, we still rely on over-the-counter medications for allergy control.
At one time or another, as a family, we have tried just about every allergy relief product on the market. As part of a #CollectiveBias program, I wanted to let you know that we have come to rely on Sinutab Sinus & Allergy Extra Strength. I am not advocating for a specific brand, only sharing what works for us.
I found Walmart to have a great choice of allergy relief medications and I was also pleased to see very competitive pricing.
Each caplet has:
- Acetaminophen 500 mg – a pain reliever
- Chlorpheniramine maleate 2 mg – an antihistamine
- Pseudoephedrine HCl 30 mg – a nasal decongestant
- Adult use only (12 years and older): 1-2 caplets every 4-6 hours. Do not exceed 8 caplets per day.
We find that Sinutab Sinus & Allergy relieves our:
- Sinus pain
- Runny Nose
- Itchy Watery Eyes
While it is impossible to avoid allergens altogether, you don’t have to let allergies ruin your quality of life! By taking a few steps, you will be able to welcome each season with anticipation. We are now able to enjoy being outdoors, warmer temperatures, barbecues, campfires, sitting on the deck, camping, hiking and most other outdoor activities.
Do you or anyone in your family suffer from allergies?
What steps do you take to avoid allergens?
How do you treat your allergies?