5 Ways to Beat Allergies

Finally, winter is over and the snow is gone (for today) in most places anyway. Never a guarantee of nice weather, as you know spring in eastern Montana and western North Dakota is a constant fight as to whether winter or spring will win. At least the daylight lasts longer!

The grass is starting to grow – mowing season is here or almost here is and thus my yearly question, why do we even grow grass? I started wondering this now that we have a yard we are responsible for. You have to mow it, trim it, edge it, weed it, fertilize it (I skip this for many reasons), and water it if you want it to stay green. And for what? We can’t even eat it! At least I’m not eating it, and I don’t know anyone who does, so what is the point really? But I digress.

So, what can a person do to avoid the constant barrage of plant material assaulting your eyes and nose, whether mowing or walking, or enjoying having an open window? I have a few favorites I recommend to patients all the time and if you need any we can help you get them, I have them at the office and online if you can’t find them.

  1. First, the free option you have in your cupboard: baking soda! My favorite quick and cheap trick to ease an allergic reaction is this; put 1/2 tsp of baking soda in water and chug it quickly, taste is not good admittedly, but relief comes within a few minutes.
  2. Xylitol nasal spray: The brand I use is Xlear and it is widely available and works well to clear up congestion and excess mucous. It is non-toxic and has no side effects, just don’t spray it in your dog’s nose as xylitol is toxic for them. Hopefully this is a non-issue for your canine friends…LOL
  3. Quercitin and Nettles – this is a bioflavonoid and an herb that help prevent your cells from releasing a massive amount of histamine that causes allergy symptoms. Just not for use in pregnancy.
  4. Sinus Tone – a homeopathic combination product I love for allergies and acute or chronic sinusitis. This stuff drains the junk out of the sinuses and often within a few minutes.
  5. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is another key player in helping quell the sniffles of all sorts, aim for 1000mg or more daily. If more, take it divided dosage if you notice loose stools. That is the only side effect likely.

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