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Spring Allergies: Symptoms and Remedies {#SneezeFreeSpring}

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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!

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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.

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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.)

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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.

You can find more great resources on the MinuteClinic Facebook page and wellness tips on their Twitter stream too.

 

Do you or someone you know suffer from Spring Allergies? What brings you/them relief?

 

33 Comments

  1. My allergies really kicked into high gear over this past weekend. I will try anything to make them go away.

  2. I have horrible allergies and peppermint is my best friend. I haven’t tried thieves though. I will have to look it up. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the great home remedy suggestions. I will have to try these and see if it helps.

  4. I have allergies. I used to think they were mild, but after moving down to Florida, I’ve discovered that they aren’t as mild as I thought!

  5. I have terrible seasonal allergies as well as a SEVERE allergy to cats. I use a lot of Zyrtec and Flonase. I’ll be giving these other options a try, though. I’d much rather use something natural.

  6. My son and my husband suffer from allergies so bad! I have heard a lot about essential oils and think it is worth a shot!

  7. A humidifier is a must for us when allergies hit! We live in SoCal and the pollen count rises when ‘brush fire’ season kicks in in June.

  8. We have been dying from the spring allergy stuff since our move to a new state. I really need to get a diffuser and try these things to see if we can get some relief. Thanks for sharing what you do.

  9. We have allergies horribly! Everyone in our house has them! And I’m dying cause normally I diffuse Peppermint and it really helps! But I’m having the pregnancy from hades and the smell doesn’t sit well with the morning sickness. So either I am fighting morning sickness nausea or allergies….hmm…which one is worse? I don’t know. SO some days I put up with the morning sickness cause the allergies are so bad, I have to diffuse the oils! lol.

  10. My nephew has allergies, and has to take Zyrtec everyday. When it gets really bad, he has his inhaler. I had no idea that diffusing Thieves and Peppermint essential oils are this beneficial. Will try that out.

  11. We use our netipot and try to depend on natural remedies too whenever possible! We just got some raw honey too!

  12. I’ve been using essential oils for the past few weeks for allergies too. They are so awful this time of year and using oils makes me feel good about what we are using!

  13. My daughter has allergies every summer. I will have to try Diffusing Peppermint and Thieves essential oils for her stuffy nose.

  14. We’ve been lucky so far that we haven’t had a problem with seasonal allergies in our family. These are great remedies to remember if we ever do, though!

  15. I have horrible allergies. They started when I moved to Texas and I have yet to be able to conquer them. Thanks so much for the advice.

  16. Saline washes tended to help my son. He would keep a bottle with him at work!

  17. This is great info to know. My youngest seems unable to beat the sniffles and sneezes these days. I’ll have to try this!

  18. My son was doing great and then suddenly the allergies hit him. I should get a diffuser for his room yo help him breathe and sleep better with the oils.

  19. My daughter is having horrible allergies right now! Thanks for sharing these great home remedies!

  20. I love using natural remedies for allergies, but I have mine all year long, but they tend to be worse in the spring.

  21. It seems like my allergies get worse and last longer every year. I am not keen on taking any more meds than I already have to so I tend to just suffer. I had no idea about putting those essential oils in my diffuser. Love that idea and will be trying it asap! Thanks for the information here.

  22. My allergies are killing me right now. The pollen levels even higher than usual. I am going to have some honey right now. Thanks for the information!!

  23. my allergies are going wild. If you use native honey not store bought it helps. And a air purifier helps too.

  24. Luckily I do not suffer from allergies and I do not know anyone who has allergies. This is great advice for treating allergies. Thank you for sharing this post.

  25. Allergies are awful with all the pollen floating around right now and the sneezing is what I can not stand. I need to try some of these remidies! They look like they can really work!

  26. I have moderate springtime allergies. They really aren’t too terribly bad, but I will keep these tips in mind. Thank you!

  27. Great suggestions. My son has terrible allergies. I’ve made him peppermint and eucalyptus shower bombs and those give him a little relief.

  28. My family’s allergies are really bad this year. Thank you so much for the tips. I never thought about using essential oils before for allergies.

  29. I am going to have to try some of these remedies out, it’s definitely pollen time here in Maine and my daughter and I have been miserable the last couple of weeks!

  30. I will definitely have to try some of these! My seasonal allergies have kicked in to full gear right now.

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