Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nothing to Sniff At

There has been an awful lot of sneezing, coughing, headaches and general blah around this house for the last few weeks.

We aren't suffering from another round of winter colds. No, we have full blown, raging spring allergies.

Now I, unfortunately am plagued by allergies on and off all year, but usually I suffer alone. Perhaps because when you sneeze twenty times in a row, you blow everyone else out of the room! But this year is different.

This year we are all in allergy misery. I have finally given in to taking my Zyrtec daily again for a while, yet also needing the extra Benadryl for those especially awful days.

The kids aren't as bad. But there have been a lot of headaches, "rubbery eyes", and coughs that only happen at night. They get a particular look about them that shows such confused distress. They mope, and whine, and act as though their bodies are under much more gravitational pull than usual because they collapse into the furniture and me much more frequently and with less gusto than usual. Or they never quite stand upright, they walk around in the allergy slump. This looks like the waking-up-when-I-don't-want-to slump, only it's all day!

This is not a state of consciousness that is conducive to peace and patience around here. We all get very snippy with each other. Not a good way to spend day after day with the same people who made you mad the day before.

So, then, my interest was piqued when I read this update from ivillage health. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to find time to shampoo my eyelashes twice a day, but some of the suggestions are very practical and have lower risks of blinding oneself with baby shampoo.

10 All Natural Ways to Treat Allergy Symptoms


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