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Speak Up: How Do You Find Seasonal Allergy Relief?

A good percentage of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, and springtime can be the worst with all the new plants budding. To find relief, I'm a regular neti pot user and am always telling people to use one too. The warm salt water helps flush pollen, dust, and mold spores out of my nose, which helps prevent symptoms. When dealing with pain from sinus congestion, I also suggest people use a therapeutic warming pillow. The heat helps loosen up mucus, which helps alleviate sinus pressure.

If you too deal with seasonal allergy symptoms, I'm sure you have some great remedies, so share them in the comment section below.


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craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
Oh and I use eyedrops also. Forgot about those! lol
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
Anonymous... I have been a vegan for almost 10 years now and I have seasonal allergies. And I mean total vegan - no animal products of any kind. I never had them before but now that I live near the swamp I do.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
my eyes have been killing me all week - taking turns, actually...first it was the left and now the right...i couldn't get a dr appt until this coming week...home remedies would be much appreciated! :)
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
I use the neti pot every morning and if I've been outside a lot during that day, I try to use in the evening as well. I keep the windows closed both in my house and in my car, which is hard for me because I love fresh air, but it's really important to keep the pollen out. I also drink peppermint tea. It helps with congestion.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
generic zyrtec and I'm good
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I feel like I'd pour snot all over my face if I used one of those..... I take Claritin, and Benadryl at night, and keep really good eye drops with me at all times, and I wash my pillow cases and also try and cut back on the eyeliner -- less crap in my eyes when they're prone to pollen irritation the better
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I use the neti pot, drink tons of water, keep my hands washed and make sure to recirculate internal air when I'm in the car.
morninghurts morninghurts 8 years
Neti Pot :)
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
ahhh neti pots are creepy!
craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
Benadryl - that's the only thing in pill form that works for me. It makes me sleepy but it works. Claritin and all the other OTC meds don't do a thing for me. I still haven't tried the Neti pot or anything like that. I really should.
Phil Phil 8 years
I change my clothes when I get home from work/class, take an extra shower at night where I clear my sinuses. I used to take allergy meds, but year after year my allergies have been descending in severity--hopefully toward eventual immunity. Hopefully one day I can visit California's vernal pools without wondering worriedly if I under-dosed myself on Claritin.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
Acupuncture has really kept my seasonal allergies at bay. I cannot take medication as I tend to get every side effect which is usually worse than the allergies. If it wasn't for acupuncture I'd be miserable. I live near a lot of swampy areas in Charleston and the mold is terrible - nearly everybody has some kind of allergy symptom.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
im a firm believer in claritin/alavert/loratidine.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I use my neti pot at least once a day, twice if needed, and try to drink a lot of water.
beram1220 beram1220 8 years
I have always used a neti pot with some relief but after someone recommended I use Alkalol in my neti pot, I am a new woman! Its a natural solution with herbs like eucalyptus and menthol. Amazing! I also use a cold mist humidifier at night. It has an air purifier in it so that helps too. I've probably tried every possible remedy in the book (also currently trying the local honey solution...)
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
1. Shower in the evening to wash away allergens (wind-blown pollen, e.g.). Wash hands scrupulously -- same goes for face. 2. Drink lots of water. It seems to help my symptoms. 3. Take non-drowsy antihistamine during day and a "drowsy" one at night. I don't take them every day, though. 4. Wash bedding and towels as eco-friendly as much as possible. 5. Close windows. 6. Use neti pot at night and in morning. 7. Try yoga to de-stress and deep breathe. 8. Keep track of pollen and allergy trends online at If possible, schedule outdoor activities around the pollen count. Stay inside when it's not so friendly outside. 9. Use acupressure techniques for your sinuses and face. I use the following site: 10. Keep a positive attitude, even when you feel as though your head might explode. My mantra is "this too shall pass"!
rachelbojangles rachelbojangles 8 years
I take an antihistamine at night.
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