Ugh. Just looking at this picture makes my eyes water.
“The pollen is extra high this year.”
Call me a jaded Northerner… but don’t people say that every single spring? Seems to me, people who have allergies just have them. And people who don’t? Well, don’t.
Or do they? (Muah ha ha)
You don’t hear about it much, but seasonal allergies lead to a multitude of symptoms, and they’re not just limited to scratchy throats, clogged-up sinuses, and itchy eyes.
You might have allergies… and not even know it.
Lesser-known symptoms of seasonal allergies:
- Muscle soreness & joint stiffness (chronic)
- Depression — like an inexplicable “funk” you just can’t seem to shake
- Irritability, impatience, short temper. Sometimes it’s just ’cause you really don’t feel well, but can’t put your finger on why. Other times it’s just… yeah, allergens make you cranky.
It’s hard to say whether these issues are a part of the allergic response itself, or secondary symptoms created by the inflammation that occurs when you’re exposed.
Either way, treatment for these more insidious, less “popular” allergy symptoms is the same as that for the usual ailments.
For natural options, drink nettle tea every day (about 16 ounces), incorporate unheated local honey into your diet, and rinse your sinuses with a neti pot every night.
If you’re serious about fighting your allergies sans drugs, you’ll have to deal with your diet too.
Oftentimes eliminating dairy does wonders for allergy sufferers. Same goes for gluten, soy, corn, and sugar. (In fact, your true allergy may be to one of these foods; all the pollen floating around just exacerbates it.)
And of course, if all else fails, or if you just want to feel better like, now, then by all means — medicate. You could even use a non-drowsy brand as an experiment: Take one, and see if your depression lifts, or your head clears a little, or your mood lightens.
If it does, then you know: You’ve got allergies!
WAMP wamp. (Sorry.)
The good news is, now that you know, you can make it better.
Because nobody likes a cranky-pants. Especially in the spring.