Allergy Season Alert – Be prepared!

Allergy Season Alert – Be prepared!

Tips on how to prepare for allergy season

How to Conquer Allergies When You Love the Outdoors


@Ourfamilyworld 

US & Canada

Preparing for allergies when you have a family that loves the outdoors requires a little planning. When my allergies are in full-swing, I get headaches, watery eyes and mood swings. Plus I sneeze like crazy. None of those things- especially the mood swings- make for a fun family outing! So while planning may take some of the spontaneity out of our spring, it’s necessary! My top tips include:

  • Checking the weather forecast: The weather doesn’t just tell me if it’s going to be rainy or sunny, it also tells me what to expect from the pollen count on any given day. If allergens are going to be particularly nasty, we know to plan our adventure for a different time.
  • Take mid-day adventures: Pollen counts are typically worse in the very early morning- between 5am and 10am- or around dusk, so planning adventures for the middle of the day when possible helps keep allergies at bay.
  • Using the right kind of allergy medicine. I can’t shut myself in all season long and become a hermit. I also can’t always plan my outings around pollen counts! My daughter plays soccer and her coach isn’t going to want to hear “sorry, she can’t make practice, the pollen is high today.” The right allergy medicine keeps my symptoms from taking over my life. My go-to allergy medicine is Life Brand Allertin. It gives me fast 24-hour relief from sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose without making me drowsy. When I’m not feeling congested, I don’t get headaches and mood swings, so it takes care of all my allergy symptoms conveniently!
  • Showering before bed: After a day of adventuring, I make sure to wash all the pollen off before heading to bed. It’s really one of the best things you can do to help make sure you don’t wake up with itchy eyes and a runny nose! Think about it, when you go to bed covered in tiny pollen spores, they’re getting all over your pillow as you sleep, letting you breathe them in.

Anyone who knows me knows how determined I am. I refuse to let allergies keep me from enjoying all the things I love to do outdoors with my family. Don’t let allergies get the best of you and take time away from your family! Head over to Life Brand and check out all the great allergy season products they have to keep you comfortable all season long. From my favorite Life Brand Allertin to soft tissues for your stuffy nose to allergy eye drops for your dry eyes, they have you covered!

Visit Life Brand for all your allergy needs and more!

How to Conquer Allergies When You Love the Outdoors

How to Conquer Allergies When You Love the Outdoors

Preparing for allergies when you have a family that loves the outdoors requires a little planning. When my allergies are in full-swing, I get headaches, watery eyes and mood swings. Plus I sneeze like crazy. None of those things- especially the mood swings- make for a fun family outing! So while planning may take some of the spontaneity out of our spring, it’s necessary! My top tips include:

  • Checking the weather forecast: The weather doesn’t just tell me if it’s going to be rainy or sunny, it also tells me what to expect from the pollen count on any given day. If allergens are going to be particularly nasty, we know to plan our adventure for a different time.
  • Take mid-day adventures: Pollen counts are typically worse in the very early morning- between 5am and 10am- or around dusk, so planning adventures for the middle of the day when possible helps keep allergies at bay.
  • Using the right kind of allergy medicine. I can’t shut myself in all season long and become a hermit. I also can’t always plan my outings around pollen counts! My daughter plays soccer and her coach isn’t going to want to hear “sorry, she can’t make practice, the pollen is high today.” The right allergy medicine keeps my symptoms from taking over my life. My go-to allergy medicine is Life Brand Allertin. It gives me fast 24-hour relief from sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose without making me drowsy. When I’m not feeling congested, I don’t get headaches and mood swings, so it takes care of all my allergy symptoms conveniently!
  • Showering before bed: After a day of adventuring, I make sure to wash all the pollen off before heading to bed. It’s really one of the best things you can do to help make sure you don’t wake up with itchy eyes and a runny nose! Think about it, when you go to bed covered in tiny pollen spores, they’re getting all over your pillow as you sleep, letting you breathe them in.

Anyone who knows me knows how determined I am. I refuse to let allergies keep me from enjoying all the things I love to do outdoors with my family.

It’s coming.

It’s coming.

That season for pollen, grass or weed allergies. Soon you will groan and reach for medication, because you’ve started sneezing and have an itchy runny nose and eyes. Want to know how to make sure the medication does the best possible job of providing relief? Don’t wait till your symptoms build up – start your medication at the very first sign of an allergic reaction.

Here’s why:

What happens when you have an allergic reaction?

The first time you are exposed to the allergen (e.g. pollen), your body produces an antibody called IgE that binds to the allergen. Together, they then attach to a type of blood cell called a mast cell, usually found in your airways. That causes the mast cell to release chemicals into the blood, including histamines. Histamines attach to cells in your body and cause them to swell and leak fluid. This is the itching, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes that you get.

How antihistamines work

For symptom relief, most people take an “antihistamine”. These medications block the action of histamines on your body. Antihistamines prevent the histamines from attaching to your cells and causing those miserable allergy symptoms.

Start early!

The trick is to block histamines as soon as possible. Try to anticipate, as best you can, when the pollen or other allergen that affects you is going to start building up in the air. Have your medication ready and take it at the very first allergic symptom so you can build up the level of antihistamines in your body. Don’t wait till your symptoms are really irritating – start your medication as early as possible.

TV weather channels and websites exist that can advise you when your allergen is starting to become a problem. But you probably already know what to expect if you’ve had your allergies for a few years. Be ready. That way, you lower the chances of letting the allergy symptoms take hold – and maybe you can even enjoy outdoor activities again.

When choosing an antihistamine, talk to your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist, who can help you find one that won’t cause problems with other medications you may be taking. Life Brand has several antihistamine options that might help, including Life Brand Allertin (loratadine), Life Brand Extra Strength Aller Relief (cetirizine), Life Brand Desloratadine and Life Brand Allergy Formula (diphenhydramine). If you choose diphenhydramine, just be aware that it can make you drowsy. Always read the labels carefully and make sure you follow the directions.

To ensure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

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