Allergies. How do you combat this seasonal enemy?

When I moved away from Tulsa, OK three months ago I thought that I was leaving behind a good deal of allergy problems. Tulsa has a lot of environmental factors (natural and man-made) that make it a difficult place to live for anyone who suffers from allergies. In Tulsa, it is not a question of do you take allergy medicine, but the question is what type of allergy medication do you take. Unfortunately, Portland, OR has not been to kind on my allergies either. At the moment I am blaming it on the fact that we haven’t had a freeze and it is already December 11th.

I have tried most of the prescription medication, and all of the over the counter medication, with a small amount of success. My latest combination is Zyrtec, Mucinex D, and Advair, but I want to investigate more natural and homeopathic solutions. One approach that I am going to do is take a teaspoon of local honey every morning. In order to make honey, bees often use the allergens in the environment. The theory is that if you take a teaspoon of local honey every morning your body will get used to the allergens and not react to them.

Please post any ideas you have that might help with allergies.

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2 responses to “Allergies. How do you combat this seasonal enemy?

  1. I have heard of the honey trick. Don’t know much about it. What I have heard people rave about is the Netty pot. My daughter saw this on Oprah and has been after me to try it ever since. But I admit I am a cowardly lion and to chicken to try.

  2. Purely anecdotal, of course, but I’ve heard that if you eat the locally grown produce, you’ll begin to feel better, too. That is along the same lines as the honey thing – that you’ll be consuming the local allergens and therefore build up your body’s recognition of the local pollen.I’m not a big fan of Mucinex, but some people swear by it. Yuck. I didn’t care for it at all. My immunologist was after me to take the shots when I first moved up here, but my body adjusted. DC is another of those places that seems to attack those of us who are naturally allergic to everything, so when I came here from TX by way of NC, I had a lot of adjusting to do. Have you tried Claritin-D? You probably are aware that the body becomes accustomed to the allergy meds after a while and you have to shake things up a bit. I wish you well. Allergies are miserable!Peace – D