Apr 19, 2015

How to Survive Allergy Season

I spent most of my life blissfully unaware of the reality of allergies. Yes it was wonderful and no I had no idea at the time how lucky I was to not have any allergies. Now when the weather turns warm for the first time I no longer run to open the windows and let the fresh air in since I know that air is filled with pollen. Here in North Carolina every surface is covered in yellow and I make sure I take some allergy medicine every morning. I'm teaming up with MinuteClinic to bring you some tips in this sponsored post on how to survive allergy season, all opinions are mine.

The year I was diagnosed with seasonal allergies I thought I had a cold that wouldn't go away. I was teaching Kindergarten at the time and I blamed my students on feeling so miserable all the time. When I finally went to the doctor he told me that I probably had allergies and sent me to get tested. Sure enough I developed allergies as an adult and didn't even know it.

I'm not alone in that diagnosis, 35 million Americans suffer from allergies and don't even know it. It's not surprising since colds and allergies have the same symptoms. A few clear signs that you are suffering from allergies is when your eyes are itchy, your symptoms last longer than 10 days, and your symptoms start at the same time every year.

MinuteClinic can help you get through this allergy season. While avoiding the allergen is the best treatment option, it's not always practical or even a realistic option. I have recess duty everyday so it's impossible for me to avoid being around pollen. When avoided your allergens is not an option, head to MinuteClinic. Their nurse practitioners and physicians assistants can recommend the right over-the-counter medications and write prescriptions when medically appropriate.

How to Survive the Allergy Season

1. If you're like me and you know you suffer from allergies start taking allergy medicine a few weeks before your symptoms start. 

·         2. It's impossible to keep your kids from coming into contact w/ pollen, but it is possible to get relief - fast! 

·        3. Shake it off! Before coming inside, rid your clothes of pollen with a good shake.

·         4. Did you know hair gel could be a pollen magnet? Skip the sticky stuff during allergy season for a little extra relief.

·        5.  Avoid window fans! While convenient, they tend to bring in unwanted pollens or mold spores.

·        6.  Don't accessorize w/ itchy red eyes! Visit MinuteClinic for the allergy relief you need: 

·        7.   Pull out the shades! Sunglasses protect your eyes from pollen, while keeping you looking stylish at the same time.

·         8. Fall asleep on clean sheets. Wash your bedding every two weeks to help ease allergy symptoms.

For more information about allergies you can visit your local MinuteClinic at CVS. They are opened 7 days a week so you can visit when it's convenient for you.


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