How to Beat Seasonal Allergies without Spending a Fortune
Q: Ah-choo! Allergy season is here, and my money is disappearing. Between the doctor’s visits and meds, I spend a fortune each spring. How can I beat my symptoms while keeping my budget intact?
A: You don’t need to choose between endless sneezing and your budget this allergy season. You can have both by following the tips outlined below.
Keep your windows closed.
When you open your windows, you’re letting allergens into your home. This is especially true between 5 and 10 a.m., which is prime pollinating time. If you can, stay indoors during those times, too.
Wash up after spending time outdoors.
If you must be outside during the early morning hours, especially on breezy days, wash up and change your clothes and shoes when you get inside.
See an allergist before heading to the pharmacy.
It’s best to consult with an allergist who can help you identify your allergies and a course of treatment instead of going it alone.
Use prescription apps instead of insurance.
Go generic or over-the-counter.
Save money by buying the generic version of the meds you need instead of name brands. Similarly, over-the-counter options might work just as well.
Create a DIY saline rinse.
Make your own saline solution for a fraction of the price by mixing one-half teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of filtered water. You can pick up an empty spray container at your pharmacy or on Amazon for just a few dollars.
Consider allergy shots instead of drugs.
Allergy shots can be a simple and effective way to treat and prevent allergy symptoms. Consider this course of treatment instead of turning to more expensive drugs as your first choice.
Take your symptoms seriously.
All that sneezing, itchiness, congestion and more can really take a toll on your body. Treat yourself with extra care during allergy season. Get plenty of rest and eat well-balanced meals. If you’re truly feeling awful, take a sick day to give your body a chance to recover.
Keep your house clean.
Irritants like dust, pet dander, mold and mildew can worsen your symptoms during allergy season. Keep your house extra-clean this spring to avoid unnecessary allergy triggers.
You may be able to prevent your symptoms from breaking out or worsening by trying these alternative allergy treatments:
- Local honey. If your main allergen is pollen, eating a spoonful of locally-produced honey daily can decrease the severity of your symptoms.
- Green tea. Full of natural antihistamines, green tea is terrific for allergy sufferers.
- Rosemary. The rosmarinic acid found in this herb is known to minimize allergic reactions.