For a long time I suffered with severe summer allergies and would find myself dreading the start of the summer. While other people loved the chance to get outside, get a tan and enjoy eating picnics and playing Frisbee – for me it was just a nightmare knowing I was going to spend the next few months sniffing, coughing and scratching my eyes out.
A couple of years ago after a particular bad summer, I decided I wasn't going to take it anymore and I needed to find myself some form of allergy treatment. That's when I began my journey trying almost every type of allergy relief under the sun and eventually found the right method for me. Read on and I'll talk you through the different things I tried and hopefully help you to discover the right one for you…
The Allergy Treatments I Tried
The first thing I tried was antihistamines as this is what most of us know about. I gave antihistamines a try knowing that they worked for my Mum and that they were generally popular and I understood the basics well. Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting to something harmless as though it were a toxin and this then results in the swelling, the streaming nose and all the rest of it that we associate with an allergic reaction.
Histamine is a signaler in the body that tells us we need to have that reaction and antihistamines work to suppress the action of that signal. Unfortunately though, histamine is also an excitatory neurotransmitter – meaning in other words that it helps our neurons to fire and makes us feel alert and awake. Thus when you suppress histamine you also suppress neurological activity and as such you feel tired and lethargic.
I found I was constantly feeling tired when I used this form of allergy treatment and I still felt tired a lot of the time. Time to look elsewhere…
Corticosteroids are steroids that act immediately to provide allergy relief. You take these topically through a nasal spray normally and this then reduces swelling and inflammation in the nose. This can indeed offer some relief but unfortunately it's not very long lasting and it's only local to the area you sprayed. In other words it won't do much for your headache or your streaming eyes so it's only a slight help and not really a cure by any means.
This is one I was very interested in. Immunotherapy works by gradually introducing you to the allergen you struggle with in small doses to help your body get used to it again. This can make you feel a little ill in the short term but in the long term it can potentially completely cure you of your allergies. The only downside? It's expensive and hard to come by. I wanted to try this allergy treatment but it was never an option for me and won't be for a lot of other people either!
The Allergy AidThis is when things started looking up. The Allergy Aid is the name of a product you can get on Amazon that provides a number of benefits in treating allergies. Not only does The Allergy Aid contain anti-inflammatory ingredients, but it also contains natural antihistamines that don't make your tired and important nutrients to support normal and healthy immune function. In short you get long-term benefits that don't have side effects and it's great knowing you're getting a type of natural allergy treatment rather than messing with drugs. For me this was the game changer, so here's hoping it works for you too!