Spring is in the air and for me that means stuff is in my nose. Pollen, pet dander, dust, and who knows what else, all set off my allergies. I'm so sensitive that sometimes just playing outside with a dog (I'm a part-time dog walker) will give me a rash, watery eyes, and a runny nose (do I make you randy baby?). I take Zyrtec, Nasonex, and Benadryl as needed, but I'd never heard of nasal rinsing before. That is, until I was given a free sample.
I don't mind popping pills when necessary, but it can be a drag, especially antihistamines -- they can make me feel totally out of it. Nasal rinsing, or nasal irrigation, is an all-natural alternative for allergy relief. It works by flushing out the nasal cavity with a liquid solution, usually sea water, which cleanses the nasal passages.
I used Afrin's PureSea Hydrating Nasal Rinse ($12.99, Walgreens.com) for a week and while I won't be dropping the Nasonex any time soon, I will continue to use the nasal rinse. Over-the-counter medications are great for treating allergy symptoms once they've taken hold of you, but the nasal rinse worked perfectly at the first sign of irritation. After I came home from walking a dog and felt stuffy, I used Afrin's PureSea and felt clear again. Rinsing my nose definitely helped prevent my allergies from getting worse after coming into contact with the allergen. According to the product's website, "Afrin PureSea is the only nasal rinse to use a specially formulated, isotonic, sterile solution of 100% purified sea water for maximum comfort." I just think it works well. It honestly made me feel like I was breathing fresh, mountain air after each use. They also make rinses for babies and kids. Go to afrinpuresea.com for a coupon.
Do you suffer from allergies? How do you deal with it?