How I Got Control Over My Allergies

 look at it. so beautiful and a great annoyance at the same time.

look at it. so beautiful and a great annoyance at the same time.

Allergies suck. It’s like the world is literally out to get me, filling the air with things my body has decided are some foreign invaders trying to kill me. Seasonal allergies are one thing. Your eyes get itchy during the Spring, or you get the tissues out when you start hearing the words “cedar fever”. Recently, my throat has decided to close and make it even 10x harder to swallow. So guess who can't enjoy Chick fil-a after work! But my body decided it didn’t want me to have just one allergy season when it could have all of them!

Allergies suck. It’s like the world is literally out to get me, filling the air with things my body has decided are some foreign invaders trying to kill me.

I got an allergy test about two or three years ago, one of those skin prick tests where they put a tiny amount of an allergen on the surface of your skin and see what happens. And boy, did my back light up like a Christmas tree! I was thinking about writing a whole post on my allergy testing experience and why I got one, but basically, I’d been feeling sick for the past couple of weeks and my allergies have really affected my work.

Up until this test, watery eyes, a runny nose, a sore throat, and fatigue were just a normal part of my life. It’s taken a lot of trial and error but over the past couple years I’ve come up with a pretty solid routine to manage those symptoms and despite the fact that pollen is obnoxiously high in Maryland right now, I feel almost 100%!

Even if you only have seasonal allergies, there are so many easy habits you can start to keep yourself healthy during your allergy season. Also, obviously I’m not a doctor, don’t hold me accountable if these tips don’t help, blah blah, yeah. 

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TAKE AN ALLERGY PILL EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

I thought this sounded crazy for a while, but this is probably the most important step of my allergy routine. I’ve taken an allergy pill every day for two years now and the occasional days I forget to take one are miserable. Like, within a few hours past the 24-hour dose mark my eyes start watering, which is at least an obvious reminder to take one.

I used Zyrtec for a while and thought it worked fine, but eventually, I discovered that name brand pills are scams and literally the death of me! I switched to Target’s version which was a few dollars less and works WONDERS. They both have 10mg of Cetirizine HCl, and I haven’t noticed any difference in my symptoms since switching over three months ago. And the best part, it's only $9 dollars $9 dollars!

KEEP YOUR BEDROOM CLEAN

You should make a habit of keeping your space as clean as possible! This means vacuuming often, washing your bed sheets every couple weeks (I wash my pillow sheets bi-weekly), cleaning up any dust, and making sure your bathroom area stays dry. All of these habits will help keep dust mite and mold levels down, and eventually, they’ll become as much of a routine to you as washing your laundry. I also put a fan on in my room while I sleep just to keep the chance of flare ups down!

WATCH YOUR BEDROOM HUMIDITY

I’m allergic to dust mites, which thrive in high humidity areas. If you’re experiencing allergy symptoms inside, this might be why! I bought a humidity monitor that lets me know if my room is too humid, and the levels in my bedroom were way too high. I wasn’t too surprised considering my bathroom doesn’t have an air vent and my windows are sealed horribly.

To combat that, I also bought a mini fan that I keep in my bathroom to help with ventilation and I keep my bedroom door open as often as possible. The fan alone has helped incredibly and I leave it on pretty much all day during the warmer months to keep the air as dry as I can! Depending on your room, you might have to implement some crazy habits, but it’s so worth it when you don’t have to sneeze from being allergic to your own bedroom.

Do you deal with seasonal or chronic allergies? What are some things you’ve found that alleviate your symptoms? I’m considering getting allergy shots later this year but need to do some more research on that process!