Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Allergies: How Nice to S(n)ee(ze) You.

Oh no. It's that time again--allergy season. What's a girl to do. My best pieces for advice for anyone suffering are the following. I stick to them RELIGIOUSLY during this transitional time of spring (since it's now officially spring!):

1. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses that wrap fully around your eyes. I love my Costa del Mar Isabella polarized sunglasses.
Sunglasses work in a two-fold way: they keep the pollen out of your eyes and off your eyelashes AND they keep you from rubbing your eyes if they were otherwise uncovered.

2. Take medicine. I know some people out there try to tough it out, but I bought the new OTC Allergra 24 hours and it's unbelievable. I've never found a good allergy medicine that I can rely on, but this is great. I got the 15 pack and I'll be on day 4 today. I also use Naphcon-A eye drops and they're the best. A little on the pricey side, but they work within 5 minutes of droppage and continue working for hours.

3. Keep tissues with you at all times. You never know when you'll need them.

4. Say thank you to everyone who says "Bless you". Even though us allergy suffers want to say, "you don't have to say that 6000 times in a row," recognize that they mean well. And don't want to be remotely close to you as you sneeze.

5. Don't drive with your windows down. This will get pollen in your hair, on your steering wheel, and on your car console. I think the steering wheel is THE most dangerous hidden pollen location. You never think about how often you touch your eyes while driving, but I'm convinced the steering wheel is COVERED in pollen.

6. Wear socks to bed. If you shower in the morning, then wear open toe shoes, don a pair of socks before you pop into bed. That way you won't spread pollen all over your sheets and your bed and make sleeping uncomfortable!

All in all, just make it through these next 3 weeks. We can all do it. Best of luck!



Laur said...

Never thought to put socks on before bed! GENIUS! Thanks!

katelyn w said...

This is such great advice! My allergies are terrible and I never thought about driving with my windows down, and I frequently leave my sunroof open when in the driveway. I need to be more conscious of such things! Thanks : )

pittsburghprepster said...

I am allergic to spring grass of all things, and think my sneeze record is currently at 26 in a row...ridiculous right? Thanks for sharing!

kRw said...

Thanks for the tips! Where I live, it's 73 today and expected to SNOW tomorrow. I'm dying..

Holly said...

I'm so sick of these spring allergies too, I can hardly breathe some days!

WhatMissLoves said...

This post is great but at the same time I'm dreading allergies. So far they haven't come so I'm just waiting for them to hit :/