Spring is in full bloom and that means a high pollen count…and seasonal allergies begin. What can you do besides reach for the Allegra?
Decrease your exposure by making your home a safe haven. Dust and vacuum regularly. Get an air filter. Take off your ‘outside clothes’ and shower immediately after coming home for the day and change into your ‘inside clothes’.
Clean out your system. Use a neti pot to rinse your sinuses. Be sure to sterilize the water first to prevent any potential infections.
Consider an herbal supplement. Butterbur has been proven to be as effective as Zyrtec & Allegra with a lower risk for side effects. Take 1 tablet that is standardized for 8 mg petasin extract 2-3x/day for two weeks. Do not take this supplement for longer than 12 weeks. Just because it is a natural medicine, don’t take butterbur lightly. It’s side effects are rare, but include belching, headaches, itchy eyes, GI upset, asthma, fatigue, and drowsiness. Do not take this supplement in doses higher than recommended. Raw butterbur is dangerous. With those caveats, for most people butterbur is safe and effective. People with allergies to ragweed, crysanthemums, marigolds, or daisies should not take butterbur.