Just the thought of allergy season may have you reaching for a tissue. Or Claritin. And with the news that the 2012 spring allergy is already shattering pollen count records, it's more important than ever to arm yourself with natural allergy remedies that will help you feel better without the unwanted side effects of allergy drugs.
Sure, allergy symptoms aren't generally life-threatening, but seasonal allergies are nothing to sneeze at, either. More than two-thirds of people actually endure symptoms year-round, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Popping pills is easy, but we’re here to remind you of other tried-and-true (and often forgotten) methods of dealing with stubborn seasonal allergies. Avoidance is the best prescription, but that’s not always possible.
Here are your secret tools for beating allergies:
1. The Internet. Use your keyboard as a tool to combat itchy eyes and a scratchy throat. First, take the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's Relief Self-Test to figure out the severity of your problem. You can also keep an eye on pollen counts by checking with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology every day (keep in mind, levels are usually highest during midday). If your Internet connection conks out, look to the sky and use this general rule of thumb: cloudy, windless days = less pollen. You can also shop online for that new vacuum cleaner, if you don’t already have one equipped with a HEPA filter, something essential for allergy sufferers.