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Prepare for Allergy Season

2014-04-11



Everyone has their trademark traits. One of mine is being sick all of the time. In particular, I always have terrible reactions to changes in weather (especially rain), dust, pollen, and basically that could affect the ears, nose, or throat. If I received frequent flyer miles every time I visited my otolaryngologist (often known as an ENT, or Ears Nose and Throat Doctor), I would have visited every country in Europe by now.

According to the NY Daily News, this spring is expected to be one of the worst allergy seasons. As someone with year-round experience on the subject, I’m happy to inform you of the best remedies I’ve come across. All of them can be found at Walgreens.

Saline Nasal Spray

Suggestion: Saline Nasal Spray

The first time I tried saline nasal spray, I felt like I was making some sort of magical discovery. After not being able to breathe through my nose for days, suddenly, I had found a temporary glimpse of hope.

If you’re against over-medicating, you’ll find that this sinus solution isn’t too over-the-top. Saline nasal spray is basically salt water. It’s very simple, so you don’t have to worry about what brand you buy–this generic one is perfectly fine. There are three different ways to administer the spray: upright provides a spray, horizontally delivers a stream, and upside down sends a drop.

This spray is great for helping you clear up mucus, but it’s also beneficial for a dry nose. After you’ve nonstop honked your horn for about a week, this spray acts like lotion for the inside of your nose. Pretty much, if you’re ever having nose issues, this product is the solution.

Puffs tissues
Suggestion: Puffs tissues

Now, I know what you’re thinking–tissues are the most obvious suggestion possible. The reason I’m suggesting tissues here is to inform you that the brand you buy makes all of the difference. Unlike the saline nasal spray, where you can basically buy any brand, the tissues you choose must (in my opinion) be Puffs. I used to buy any old brand that was on sale, and for general nose-blowing, it was fine. But, if you’re sick and your nose is running like a faucet, you’re going to need one that’s soft and nonabrasive. I’ve found that after a week with other brands, your nose will get totally dried out, and it’s not a pretty look. Do yourself a favor, and spare the extra dollar on this name-brand. They weren’t kidding when they said “a nose in need deserves a Puffs indeed.”

Sinus Compress

For some reason, I’ve found that when I’m feeling pressure in my face from sinus congestion, putting outside pressure on it helps. I’ve used warm, wet washcloths in order to deal with the pain, but they would cool off and dry out in about 5 minutes. This compress contains special patent-pending hydro peals that continuously absorb and store water molecules from the air, so there’s no need to add water. It’s odor-free, non-allergenic, washable, and reusable. When microwaved, you can feel soothing, moist heat for up to 20 minutes! It’s another great natural solution that doesn’t require any medication.

Mucinex

Oftentimes, if I get a bad sinus infection, I’m bedridden for a few days. After getting some rest, my body starts to fight off the ailment to the point where I can last at least five minutes without blowing my nose. At that point, I can return to the outside world–but only if I take Mucinex. I’ve use various forms of medications that claim to fight runny noses, but this one works best for me.

Keep in mind, there are various forms of Mucinex. Some have an expectorant in them, which means they’ll cause your body to cough or sneeze out mucus. It’s helpful to take an expectorant, but just make sure you’re not planning on going out in public that day. Also, other types of Mucinex include a pain reliever, so don’t take Advil or Tylenol in addition to that medication. As always, make sure you read the box and speak with your doctor first!