If you suffer a cedar allergy, news that the pollen count in Austin recently reached near-record levels isn’t news at all. And chances are your runny, itchy nose alerted you before we did. Regardless, you could probably use a few tips to help get you through this trying, uncomfortable time. We’ve got those below, and a little comic relief right here.
- Jump in the DeLorean, slingshot the Enterprise around the sun, or fly around the world fast enough to turn the clock back to November, and begin treatments before the first pollen hit your nostrils. That way, your body’s resistance to the potent pollen will have been built up.
- Failing that, start taking a mild antihistamine, such as Zyrtec or Claritin.
- Do nasal rinsing.
- Drink juniper tea, which can help build up an immunity.
- Wash your hair before going to bed. This helps to keep the pollen that has likely build up in your hair from smearing on the pillow on which you will sleep for several hours.
- Remember that even if you don’t have much of a cedar allergy, the amount of pollen can trigger allergy systems.
Sources: Dr. Ross Tobleman, Dr. Douglas Barstow