My best allergy tips

My Best Allergy Tips

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Yes, it’s that time of year again when the pollens are out in force and the sneezing starts.

I seem to do nothing but sneeze at the moment which is annoying at best and very inconvenient at worst.  My nose has literally been burning for the past few days and I can honestly say that this year feels worse than ever.

Allergies can develop at any time and thankfully, I was spared as a child so exams and education in general were not disrupted.  However, with the onset of my autoimmune illness, I have definitely noticed a worsening in my allergies: cats, dust mite and pollens coming high on the list!

I’m quite particular about what I use and whilst many people recommend nasal sprays, I personally don’t believe in shooting stuff up my nasal passages.

I stick with some pretty basic tactics which work for me and I hope might be of assistance to you too: –

My best allergy tips – relieving the burn in your nose

I use Germolene with local anaesthetic for instant relief and I literally carry it everywhere I go.  It’s definitely one of my ‘never be without’ items.

Sometimes the itch and burn is so intense I feel as if I want to rip my nose off.  Sounds dramatic but it’s true.

I dab a very tiny amount on the inside of my nose for instant, blessed relief.

My best allergy tips – Vaseline

If you smear a small amount of Vaseline at the base of your nostrils, pollen can be trapped and stopped from entering your nose.  This is a good one for people who don’t want too much medicinal intervention.

What’s more, it’s available everywhere and fabulously cheap and cheerful!

My best allergy tips – Antihistamines

I’ve tried a fair few and some are as good as useless.

A lot of the time it’s a case of trial and error so my top tip is to keep trying the different options until you hit on something that actually works.

Supermarket brands containing loratadine did nothing for me at all but chlorpheniramine seems to do the trick for me most of the time.

Also, don’t be tempted by brands.  Do shop around for a generic/unbranded product if you can as it will save you money.

My best allergy tips – red light nasal therapy

I’ve tried this and found this to be quite effective.  The idea behind it is that the red light suppresses the cells that release histamine ie the allergic reaction.

You don’t feel the most attractive with two little prongs up your nostrils but, hey, you can do it in the privacy of your own home and it may just get rid of some of those awful symptoms.

This Bionette device is similar to my own if you’re interested in looking into this option.

My best allergy tips – local honey

I really don’t like honey in any way shape or form but I was advised to give local honey a go.

The honey has to be local to your area [due to specific pollens] so you need to contact a local beekeeper/honey supplier as the pollens will be specific to your region.

This UK local honey map may help you locate some in your area.  Failing that, a simple Google search is likely to bring up details of someone who can supply you locally.

My best allergy tips – tissues and hand gel

Sounds obvious but being without decent tissues is a nightmare.

I make sure that I have plenty of small packets for runny eyes, watery noses and sneezes.  I scatter them everywhere so they’re in the car, pockets, bags etc.  If you need to look your best in allergy season, don’t underestimate the restorative benefits of a good tissue …!

I think Lidl’s Floralys pocket packs are brilliant quality [thick 4-ply] and excellent value for money [approximately 0.9p per tissue / 55p for 60 tissues] but failing that, you can’t go wrong with Kleenex.

Also, staying hygienic after sneezes, coughs and spluttering means I am never without hand gel which I keep stashed everywhere.  Remember:  coughs and sneezes spread diseases and I’m sure you want to keep those close to you safe from bugs.

For my desk/home, I love Purell dispensers but for pockets, car and bags, I carry Carex for its lovely smell and simple convenience.

My best allergy tips – be careful with your makeup

I’ve learned that as my allergies got worse so has my sensitivity to makeup worsened too.

I made the mistake of switching eyeshadow and mascara brands not that long ago.  To say that my eyes were streaming is an understatement.

Now, I stick with what works for me which is Max Factor mascara and excellent quality eyeshadows such as Bare Minerals.  I have even taken to wetting [‘foiling’] the eyeshadow powder so I don’t get any powder residue going into my eye.

I also wear contact lenses as opposed to wearing glasses which I suspect gives me an extra layer of protection along with sunglasses.

My best allergy tips – Specific allergy testing

If you’re really struggling and at the end of your tether, then ask your GP for a specific allergy test to determine if you may benefit from some more tailored treatments.

This NHS link will provide you with more guidance and information.

My best allergy tips – is here to help!

Managing allergies can be a huge undertaking. Your immune system is responding with rapid speed. There are a plethora of allergens you try to avoid: mould, dust, pollen, dander, the list can go on! For people looking to remedy seasonal allergy there are over the counter medicines available to take back your days in the warmer months and combat the perpetually itchy eyes & runny noses. When looking at an over the counter allergy medicine there are a couple of points to look for to ensure you are getting the most effective option possible.

Be wary of first generation antihistamines.

  • First generation antihistamines result in the drowsiness because they affect the histamine receptors in your body and brain!  This is what causes the sleepy feeling you can experience with some formulas. Second and third generation antihistamine will only have an influence on the body’s histamine so you can stay alert!

You might want to pass on decongestants.

  • Even though congestion can be uncomfortable when it comes to allergies decongestants they can come with a few side effects. They can cause sleeplessness, rebound congestion, increase blood pressure, and may not be ideal for people with heart conditions, thyroid disease, diabetes, and glaucoma.

Acetaminophen can also be a questionable ingredient as well.

  • There is conversation around the necessity of acetaminophen in allergy medication since it is a pain killer and doesn’t necessarily apply to your itchy eyes.

Also consider the type of medication. Pills, sprays, liquids, and drops are available

  • There are 3 distinct categories available: –
    • Corticosteroid nasal sprays
    • Antihistamine pills
    • Eye drops

Medicines are formulated to combat different symptoms so sure to consider what type will best match your needs — for example, if you have itchy eyes eye drops might make the most sense.

Some final tips:
-Make sure you have allergies, not a cold
-Try some different options
-Check in with your doctor

For some additional information on the above allergy tips check out’s guide to allergy medicine.

Here’s to life on your terms,


Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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