You and your family are protected from unknown health issues with one of the great health plans available, right?  Good. Young Johnny has been stuffed up for a couple of weeks now and it’s impossible that after all this time it’s a cold.  Besides, its spring time and the weather is beautiful.  Chances are, young Johnny doesn’t have a cold but allergies.  Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida offers allergy testing and allergy shots and so do a lot of the other health plans available.  Your   high deductible health plan might also cover allergy visits without having to meet the deductible.

Do you have itchy eyes, a runny nose, some wheezing, and plugged up ears?  Oh, happy day, its spring time.  It could also be summer, or fall too.  From familydoctor.org “Pollen from trees, grass and weeds produce allergies that occur in the spring (late April and May) and are often due to tree pollen.  Allergies that occur in the summer (late May to mid-July) are often due to grass and weed pollen.  Allergies that occur in the fall (late August to the first frost) are often due to rag weed.

Common Allergy symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy nose, eyes and roof of mouth
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Pressure in the nose and cheeks
  • Ear fullness and popping
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Hives

Some other common allergens, again from familydoctor.org, are “Mold.  Mold is common where water tends to collect, such as shower curtains, window moldings, and damp basements.  It can also be found in rotting logs, hay, mulches, commercial peat moss, compost piles and leaf litter.  This allergy is usually worse during humid and rainy weather.

Animal dander:  Proteins found in the skin, saliva, and urine of furry pets such as cats and dogs are allergens.  You can be exposed to dander when handling an animal or from house dust that contains dander.

Dust:  Many allergens, including dust mites, are in dust.  Dust mites are tiny living creatures found in bedding, mattresses, carpeting and upholstered furniture.  They live on dead skin cells and other things found in house dust.”

Perhaps you would like to try some “natural remedies” before drugs?  FoxNews.com has some great suggestions.  The article recommends stinging nettle which may be ingested as a tea.  It’s been used for centuries to treat hay fever. Drink two to three cups a day.

Eucalyptus will relieve nasal congestion and open clogged sinuses.  Look for eucalyptus in the convenient form of an inhaler.

A third suggestion is cat’s claw.  Taken in capsule form it can help to strengthen your immune functions and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.