Tips for Managing Seasonal Allergies

They’re saying that this is the worst year EVER for allergies . . . 

Yeah, yeah, they say that every year. But this year? OH my word, the allergies. I really think this might actually BE the worst year ever.

My older daughter has a terrible time with spring allergies.

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She is allergic to every grass and deciduous tree that grows in the mid-Atlantic region. AND she loves to be outdoors — preferably rolling around in said grass. Fantastic.

It’s a challenge every year, managing her allergies. Not only is she stuffed up and can’t breathe through her nose, her eyes get red and swollen and puffy. It’s a sorry sight.

She sees an allergist every February who arms us with scripts and instructions for trying to combat the Allergy Beast, but it’s an uphill battle. Here’s what we’re doing to try to manage her allergies.

Tips for Managing Seasonal Allergies

1. Keep the windows closed and the pollen out. I know, this is miserable for me, as I love the fresh air. I confess I don’t always do a great job and keeping the house closed up, but we do keep the windows in her room closed and her Airocide air purifier running at all times. (For more info about Airocide, read my review.)

2. Wash hands often. Kids have a habit of touching their eyes constantly, and keeping hands washed should help cut down on bringing the allergens directly into the eyes, which are already irritated. I’m a sucker for a pretty soap dispenser, and Softsoap has this new Decor Collection which is super cute. (Thank you CVS for supplying me with samples to try!)

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I’m a huge fan of Softsoap because they are one of the only conventional brands I can find that has options without the antibacterial. (Antibacterial soap is really not good for us. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, Google is your friend.)

3. Try a neti pot. This helps clean the gook out of the sinuses. Pretty, right? But it must be done!

4. Essential oils*. I recently signed on with Young Living and I’m experimenting with essential oils for all sorts of ailments. Lemon, lavender and peppermint is the go-to combination for allergies so that’s what we’ve been using. I apply them to her skin directly, and I diffuse them in her room when she goes to bed at night and again when she’s waking up and getting ready in the mornings. It seems to give her some relief, and anything natural that I can do to help her feel better is a win in my book.

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5. Wash hair and shower or bathe every night before bed. Our allergist insists on this. Hair harbors tons of allergens and everything else, and my daughter has long curly locks. We have been trying to have her shower off every night, and it seems to help.

6. Allergy Meds. We have had to resort to medication to manage my daughter’s allergies. We start early, before her symptoms even show, and we try to be consistent throughout the season. We have a script for eye drops and nasal spray, but we use OTC antihistamines and decongestants. I’m always one to buy name brands, but CVS sent me some of their store brand products to try, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well they’re working for us.

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Please note the irony of my photo — I purposefully took it with the offending allergenic grass as a backdrop. Ha! I crack myself up sometimes.

7. Allergy shots. We have not yet resorted to shots, but I wonder if that is our next step. My daughter’s eyes are painful to look at right now. She gamely posed for a photo, and I didn’t have the heart to post it. In fact, I deleted the photos so she wouldn’t see them. She’s terribly self-conscious about how she looks when her eyes get swollen. Instead, I chose to post the gorgeous photo of her above, before her allergies kicked in this season.

8. Patience. This too shall end. That’s what I tell my daughter, anyway. Allergies are so not fun, but at least we know that in a few weeks, it will be over. So at least there’s that!

I’d love to hear your tips for managing seasonal allergies. I’m always looking for new ideas to add to my arsenal.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Images source: Young Living