Allergy Season

Mar 22, 2010 7:40 PM

With the arrival of Spring, comes the return of sneezing season! Symptoms include "runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, mild congestion" for Allergy sufferer Kathleen Moran. "My biggest symptom is coughing and I have a nasal drip that I have been dealing with for years," Allergy sufferer Gail Sandham explained.

The good news is there are ways to relieve your pain with items in your own home. Dr. Anton Dotson from "Allergy Associates" suggests making a teaspoon mix of one-third part non-iodized salt and two-thirds part baking soda with water. Then rinse your nose once or twice a day. "It's just trying to physically remove the pollen and irritants that have accumulated on the nose mucus membranes through the day," Dotson said. "That seems to help with headaches and it's just good to clean out but it's another process, there's only so much you can do before you go to bed," Sandham stated.

Some people say putting local honey under your tongue will help relieve allergy symptoms. "I drive to Red Bluff every weekend to visit my daughter and along the way there's a bunch of local honey places and I pick it up all the time, they have different flavors, and it does seem to help," Allergy sufferer Susan Roberts explained.

This might sound strange, but try washing or rinsing your hair before bedtime. "Hair is an electrostatic charge so if someone goes through the day and their hair moves, you can create electrostatic charge and attract pollen," Dotson said.

If you need additional help for your symptoms, you can call "Allergy Associates" at (530) 896-2200.


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