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When we moved to our corner of Texas my oldest was 18 months old. Every few weeks or so she would come down with the sniffles or a dry cough. Being our first child, we were overtly cautious and would run to her pediatrician for a check up. Her ped. would run tests on her and prescribe medication for her to take till the sniffles or cough stopped.
It was only when we switched pediatricians 2 years later that we realized we’d been subjecting our poor baby to unecessary tests and medication when all she had was allergies!
Spring Allergies: Symptoms and Remedies
It’s easy to confuse a common cold with allergies. The MinuteClinic breaks down symptoms for both this way:
A common cold is caused by a viral infection. Getting a cough alone is signatory to the common cold and body aches too. A fever can be associated with a common cold at times.
Allergies come about when ones body’s immune system attempts to fight off an allergen. Getting the sniffles and a cough around the same time each year is a common sign of allergies. Itchy eyes are another symptom. Remember a fever is never associated with allergies.
Relief from allergies can come in the form of over-the counter drugs or prescription antihistamines if you find your allergies are hard to control with natural remedies. As a rule, we try to stick to natural remedies as far as is possible and so far, we’ve not had to use O-T-C drugs or prescription medicines to keep those allergies at bay.
As soon as one of us start with a slight itch in the throat or the sniffles, I start us on:
1. A twice-a-day orange juice or some form of citrus intake
2. A warm glass of lemon juice with local wildflower honey is another must. (Taking a sp0on or two of local wildflower honey always helps combat the allergens in the air.)
3. Diffusing Peppermint and Thieves essential oils in my diffuser. To help ease stuffy noses, I also take a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil, mix a drop of Peppermint essential oils in the same and apply the mix on the chest, back, neck and soles of the feet. (This helps bring relief immediately.)
4. Saline nose washes especially for stuffy noses.
Now remember, some allergies need to be treated with prescription medication, so to decide whether or not you need a little extra help to find relief, check with your local MinuteClinic’s nurse practioner or physician assistant.
Do you or someone you know suffer from Spring Allergies? What brings you/them relief?