My three faves for surviving Tennessee pollen…

What a beautiful time of year!!  Tennessee springs are glorious.  Unfortunately, many of us can’t enjoy these mild days and lush landscapes because we are sneezing, coughing, or battling red and itchy eyes.  We are fortunate to live in a place in which so many beautiful plants grow, but seasonal allergies can be an unwatned side effect.

Nashville’s pollen count today is 10.5, which places it squarely in the high category on a scale of one to twelve.  Knoxville is 10.7.  Memphis is 10.1.  These figures are according to Claritin’s handy daily pollen counter.frommyyard

So, where do I turn when allergies get me down.  In addition to taking prescription medicines for allergies and asthma, I also turn to these little extra measures of comfort.

  1.  I use Occuvite Lid Scrub packets to soothe irritated eyes and to wash away irritants or drainage.  You can find them at most any place that has a pharmacy section.
  2.  Vicks Vapor Rub is a time tested remedy.  When I have a sinus headache and irritated eyes, I apply it to my cheekbones. Otherwise, I use it on my upper chest.  Yes, it stinks.  Sometimes, you just have to breathe. 🙂
  3.   To reduce congestion, I use Simply Saline or another saline nasal rinse.  I’m personally not a fan of neti pots, though I know people who are.  I prefer the rinses that you spray in your nose.  There are also recpies to make your own saline nasal rinse.

The key, I’ve found, is not to let allergies get out of hand before I tend to them.  With a little tender care, it is possible to not only make it through sneeze season, but to enjoy it as well.

Happy Spring.






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