Tips for Severe Allergy Sufferers


'Tis the season for tissues and hive-soothing baths, eh?

I have been an allergy sufferer my entire life. This season, I've had the sniffles, extremely itchy eyes, and painful hives everywhere. I thought a little list of what I use might help one of you. We allergy-prone have got to look out for each other!

1. Antihistamines - This is the most important thing! Allergy medicine is a must, obviously. Though some aren't aware, increasing the dosage for severe allergies just has to be done sometimes. Of course, don't go overboard, and do your research! At the moment, I'm taking two different types antihistamine a day, along with allergy relief eye drops. Those eye drops have been keeping me from going insane, I swear.

2. Vitamins - Also important! I've been taking your basic vitamin C pill every morning, but there are loads of options to look into. Elderberry, for example, is something I've yet to try, though I've been meaning to.

3. Hydrocortisone Cream - This is a year-round must for me, but I get the most use out of mine during allergy season. I've deduced that I'm pretty allergic to tree and grass pollen, and all of the pollen has led to full-body hives.

4. Oatmeal - Oatmeal is the most soothing tool I've got, and I don't mean to eat. If you prefer lotions, opt of a colloidal oatmeal blend. Colloidal oatmeal baths are essential for soothing allergy hives and rashes. The pre-made packets are great, but if you're on a budget or you just want to deal with a little less packaging, buy regular oats and grind them yourself. I use a coffee grinder that belongs to my parents, but you could also try a food processor or any other appliance that can grind something pretty fine.

5. Oil - Oil is also very important for those hives and rashes. Some would say drying them out is the best way to go, but my personal experience points to the opposite. I make sure I stay moisturized with baby oil after a bath or shower, and jojoba oil on any particularly nasty spots. I'd recommend diluting the oil a bit with water (which is easy enough if you've just bathed), and keeping up with the routine on a daily basis until the spots are gone.

Any questions?


Comments

  1. You've listed some brilliant points here Amber! Sadly I have a health condition which means I've had hives every night for the last 6 years, so I feel your pain with regard to the pain and itching, eek! Hope you're having a great week so far :)

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    1. Oh, that's awful!

      I'm glad you liked the post Gabrielle, and I hope you're having a great week as well.

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  2. I do not have allergies however I have a few friends who really struggle from them, so I'm going to send them the link to this post. However, oatmeal sounds like a great natural remedy or tip to beat the struggle. So many people feel they need to go out and buy some sort of medication when really you can help yourself from what you have at home :D

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    1. Thanks Isabella! I hope your friends find the post helpful. The oatmeal tip is my favorite. You're so right! It's much easier, and saves a lot of money.

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  3. Also...if you can get REALLY local honey (like from someone who has hives - no pun intended - on your street or a neighbor...it helps tremendously! The bees gather pollen from your area, and if you take a small amount every day, your body develops an immunity to what it thinks is attacking you when allergy season hits. I swear by it.

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    1. That's so interesting! I definitely want to try that! Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Thank you for the tips! Oatmeal sounds like such a good remedy. I have to keep this in mind the next time I feel my allergy kick in!

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