I have allergies. I have had allergies my whole life. I don’t mean a sniffle here and a sniffle there. I’m talking major, horrid can’t go anywhere without a box of Puffs type of allergies.
In fact, there is a statement to be made: NO ONE that ever was, ever is or will to come has blown their nose as much as I have. That, my friends, is a fact. Oh, I’m sure there are some of you who beg to differ. I’d challenge you in a Puffs war any day. A-N-Y day. (Scared ya now, didn’t I?)
When I was younger, allergies weren’t as popular as they are now. You didn’t hear of peanut allergies or someone needing to go gluten free. The only allergies you heard of were the kind I have. Do you remember how they were portrayed in the movies or books? The geeky kid with allergies who had the braces and glasses. (For the record, I never had glasses! And I wasn’t geeky. Really.) 😉 Times have gotten much kinder to us allergy sufferers, no one even talks about glasses and most children wear braces. Funny how times change. It took me until I was an adult to realize this, but I was the one person who really was ALLERGIC to school. My issues are mainly dust and molds. What is in a 100 year old school building? Dust and mold. And chalk dust. And eraser dust. You see my misery?
We would try different over the counter medicines which did not work at all. They didn’t have prescription medication like they do now so the only thing left were the dreaded allergy shots. They were right up there with the geeky kid image. We didn’t have much money growing up, so I never received allergy shots. I soooo wish I had, though at the time, I didn’t want them. (Who would?)
Not that I need to prove my point any farther, but I will. As an adult, I finally went to see an allergist. I had the test to see what I was allergic to. An older nurse walked in, took a look at my back and said, “I have been doing this a long time, and I have never seen anyone as allergic as you. You are off the charts.” Well, at least it confirmed my beliefs.
I have been taking prescription medication for quite a while now. I really didn’t like the idea, however my quality of life is better when I have the allergies under control. That is, until I had shingles a couple of months ago. I was told the steroid medication I was on to help the allergies, may have helped encourage the shingles to stop by for a visit. (Never again, my friends, never again. The shingles are as awful as the commercials say. Really, truly.) So now what? I have tried every medication out there. I’m at the end of the line, medication-wise. I could get shots, but I have four children who need braces, piano lessons and we have child with Strabismus (an eye issue). In other words, money goes to them, not to me. Well, if medication isn’t working, how about the natural route?
I talked with a friend who uses all natural remedies. She also has allergies. She, along with some other friends, told me about a natural medication called D-Hist. They, along with reviews on Amazon, sung its praises. It works great, instantly, all the time. Try it. So, though I was a little skeptical, I bought some. I stopped taking my doctor prescribed medication and went natural. Within a week, I realized something important. Not only was it not working, I was allergic to it.
I really don’t know why I was surprised.
It would make my tongue tingle and swell. It was getting worse and worse until I knew I couldn’t take it anymore or I may not be able to breathe the next time I took it. Good grief. I am currently trying other natural remedies. I will keep you updated on the progress. It doesn’t taste great, but so far, at least I’m not allergic to it!
In an effort to go the natural way, I am trying different ways to beat off these allergies in my own kitchen. Here are a few I heard of or am trying myself:
*I’m not a doctor. If you want to try these, I recommend talking to your doctor first. They know better than I do.
- Pineapple is a natural anti-inflammatory. I have asthma issues as well. When the allergies flare up, so does the asthma. I have noticed an improvement in the asthma symptoms since eating a lot of fresh pineapple. Not saying it is gone, however, it seems to be a bit better. I’ll take it.
- Fresh Honey is supposed to help relieve allergy symptoms. If you buy local honey, the allergens that cause you to partly own the Puffs company would be in the honey from the bees. If you take the honey in small doses, it would be like receiving the allergy shots since the shots give inject allergens into you in small doses. I haven’t tried this yet. We are seriously considering getting our own bees because they would be neat to have and hopefully this would be a benefit. Now, honey could cause an allergic reaction because you are putting those allergens in you. I could see myself having that issue. Again, see your doctor first.
- Lavender Oil can help. I know some people put a drop in juice in the morning and others will smell it once a day. I have never tried this however I know someone who does. She says it helps. Being I am deeply allergic to lilacs, I am skeptical it will work for me. (By the way, I LOVE lilacs. I smell them as much as I dare. I really think it will be the scent of heaven. Of course, there isn’t a Biblical reason behind my theory, I just hope.) 😉
- Keep Your House Clean. I know it sounds simple enough, but if you are like me and are allergic to dust and molds, clean, clean clean. I remember when the doctor told me I was allergic to mold and asked if I had any mold around my house. I instantly thought of green, furry nastiness. He laughed and said no, and then asked if we had an old home. Old basements have mold of some kind in it. Wouldn’t you know it, when we moved from our 100+ year old home to our 20+ year old home my allergies improved ten fold. I know it isn’t always possible to move but if you get the opportunity to, leave older homes behind. Try to bleach the basement and remove old trim and wood. It isn’t easy, but it helps. Look under your kitchen sink for mold or a dripping faucet. Mold grows in dark, damp places.
Those are just a few ways to help beat those allergies. I hope to find more. I’d love to hear any solutions you have to conquering allergies . I would like to stop investing in Puffs. 🙂