Allergies started up again in the spring to about a week or two ago. I detest allergies. I didn’t start having them until about age 7, and then boom. Super fun. Drippy nose, water and itchy eyes, asthma acting up, all that jazz. For years I took Benedryl, then I got pregnant with my 12yo. Doctor told me to take Sudafed/Actifed instead when I was pregnant. So then I took Sudafed for years. Turns out it dried me out more than I ever knew. Those meds dry out mucosal membranes – *all* mucosal membranes. Who knew. Took some time for me to figure that out apparently.
A few years back I started taking homeopathics. Honestly, it started as a lark. I found a little triad of homeopathic Boiron deals for a song at Grocery Outlet, figured for a couple bucks it would be worth trying out. Holy smokes, they actually worked! Kept taking them, and trying a few different ones, and I have tweaked my little regimen. It changes periodically depending on what I need.
My current go-to array is bee pollen (I use local stuff, but this gives you an idea), with Sabadil as needed. For a brutal day or two a few weeks back, I did break down and take a Claritin. The cottonwood fluff was flying around everywhere, making it look like snow. Other helpful homeopathics on hand are histaminum hydrochloricum, galphimia glauca, and the Similisan Allergy Eye drops are uh-mazing. I seriously wish I’d had these eye drops in my high school days. I’d claw my eyes, they’d be all red and puffy. To where I’d need to snag a washcloth soaked in cold water (or with ice cubes wrapped up in it) to sooth my poor eyes. These eye drops totally take care of that, it’s fabulous. I certainly don’t sell them, they pretty much sell themselves once you use them.