Yes! Spring is…(excuse me, ah, ah, achoo!)…here! While the season of rebirth brings so much beauty—baby birds, bunnies, and blossoming buds—it also brings misery to millions of allergy sufferers bracing for the sniffles, sneezes, and wheezes of the season. Hay fever is among the most common allergies, affecting one in five Americans with its telltale annoying symptoms of a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and ears, sinus pressure, sleeplessness, and fatigue. In fact, it's pretty much like the common cold, except it lingers on for months at a time (not days like a virus-caused cold) as pollen circulates in the air.
And with so many people seeking relief, it's no wonder companies are marketing all sorts of pills and potions promising to help you breathe better again. But according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), there's no one-size-fits-all approach to solving spring allergy problems. We also consulted natural allergy-relief tips from The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods: Proven Natural Remedies to Treat and Prevent More Than 80 Common Health Concerns.
Avoid these (often costly) mistakes during the spring allergy season: