Got allergies? Here’s how I finally beat allergies for good.
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I hope you don’t mind me getting a little personal today. Hopefully this isn’t TMI about my strange medical struggles but I wanted to give you a little insight into how I finally beat allergies. I know I’m not the only one with these issues because a whopping 50 million people in the US suffer from yucky nasal allergies. I’m pretty sure there are a few of you who struggle too so I’m sharing because I hope it might help.
I’m also interjecting some pretty photos of flowers in this post… because what says allergies more than flowers and these flowers are prettier than my sinuses :-)!
As I mentioned last week, after years of struggle I feel like I finally beat allergies. For most of my adult like I felt like they were controlling me, and now I feel like I conquered them. It’s not to say I still don’t deal with them, but I am now in control instead of the other way around.
I’ve been a little afraid to share some of the details as per not to jinx it… but if it helps even just one person to stop and smell the flowers it will be worth it.
A little history first… I’ve always had allergies. I took medicine when I was a kid and even tried allergy shots. They were bad, but manageable. Things really got worse when I moved to Asheville. That’s also when my lovely asthma kicked in as well.
I started taking combinations of over the counter meds and prescription meds for allergy relief… but most of what I was doing was constantly treating the symptoms instead of getting ahead of it. I always struggled breathing, could never smell anything and had routine sinus infections that needed antibiotics to treat. Things like these pretty flowers were my worst nightmare.
It all came to a head about five years ago when I started losing my voice (for many reasons but partly from uncontrolled sinus issues) and getting a debilitating cough every time I got sick, which was way too often. At that time, I started to work with an allergist and ENT specialist to try to figure out why I kept getting sick. I tried doing allergy shots again, but I was too allergic, had severe reactions and my body could not handle it.
I’m skipping a lot of way too boring details here, but it took several years of trial and error with natural remedies, medication and sinus surgery to clear out years of gunk… but I am finally feeling so much better.