Do You Suffering From Allergies Like Me? Beat THEM up… don’t let them beat you up!
Many people have experienced sinusitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes lining all the facial sinus areas) and it’s a nuisance that requires treatment, but not always severe enough to be worth a trip to the doctor. Here’s some options for quick symptom relief at home:
Increase the humidity. Keep the membranes inside your nose and sinuses moist. It’s very helpful for relieving congestion and discomfort.
* Saline (salt-water) is terrific and safe to use as often as you need it. The one way to easily give your sinuses a “bath” is with the Neti-Pot.
* A hot shower and hot drink can do wonders to clear a stuffy head. (I use Green Tea!)
* You can also hold your head over a bowl of boiling water and cover your head with a towel to concentrate the steam. (Put a few drops of Eucalyptus in the boiling water.)
* A whole-house or room humidifier is also a good idea. Just be sure to clean it regularly, otherwise these devices can become part of the problem if mold or fungus is allowed to accumulate inside them.
Stay hydrated. Drinking more fluid minimizes dryness and irritation, and helps prevent or treat some headaches. Soda, milk, juices are not as good as water for maintaining hydration.
Keep the eyes moist. Like nasal sprays, saline eye drops help reduce the pain, itching, and dryness that often come with allergies. Don’t use the “get the red out drops!)
Drop the cough. Many cough drops in the form of hard “candies,” some with herbal ingredients, can suppress a cough for up to an hour. BUT, you don’t need the sugar! Removing sugar and white flour from your diet during allergy season will work wonders if you want to really be more resistant to symptoms. If you’re diabetic or have high blood sugar, be sure to use sugar-free.
Don’t use cough medicine. You say, “But my cough is driving me crazy!” The active ingredient in most of these medications is guaifenesin, which is intended to thin out the mucus and make it easier to drain. This is a WASTE of your money! If you really want a powerful tool to stop your cough.. get “Coltsfoot” and Vitamin C at your local health food store. Or, go online to track it down. It will amaze you at how effective it is, at stopping a bad cough!
Kill the pain. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen are the active ingredients in most analgesic painkillers, and can help with many of the irritating symptoms of sinusitis. But, don’t take them unless you’re just miserable. Let your body fight.
Finally, a word about the combination medicines that are designed to treat multiple symptoms in one tablet. Many of these include an antihistamine, or a decongestant, or both. The benefit is fewer pills to buy and swallow, but the risk is that you might end up taking some medicines that you don’t really need.