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A-Poll-Ed In Summer: Common Symptoms (And Quick Fixes) For Pollen Allergies

by Joann Dunn

A pollen allergy – often referred to as "seasonal allergies" or "hay fever" can be a common but annoying part of the spring and summer seasons. But what if you didn't have to suffer through the myriad symptoms, and could instead know both what causes them and how to fix them? If you're looking for some quick information (and a suggestion for a cure) on the most common symptoms of pollen allergies, then here's what you need to know.

A Little Stuffy In Here

One of the most common symptoms of a pollen allergy is a stuffed nose; as your body takes in all of the allergens floating around in the air, your sinuses react to the intruders and try to protect your body against them, causing your nose to clog. Not only is this just incredibly annoying to live with, it can also affect your overall health, as you'll have a harder time breathing while asleep, and thus have to spend your working hours going on less sleep than is entirely healthy.

Solution: natural, locally sourced honey. Local honey contains the types of pollen common in your area in an easy-to-consume form, making it invaluable if you want to cut down on your allergic reaction to said pollens. Try using the honey as a sweetener in smoothies, a substitute for jelly in sandwiches, and even as a topping drizzled on vanilla ice cream for an immunity that tastes super sweet.

Your Achey, Breaky Head

With the abuse your sinuses take during a reaction to pollen – both in receiving the foreign particle and then in the constant blowing and wiping that you have to do – it's no wonder that you end up with a pounding head. After all, not only are your sinuses and your forehead (the place you're most likely to feel your headache in) close to each other, but the swelling in your nose leads to increased pressure in your sinus area – or, in other words, to sinus headaches that reverberate from the top of your head down to your cheekbones.

Solution: any anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drug. Swollen sinuses act like clogged sinuses, which lead you straight back to a headache. Anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen) not only help to cut down on any pain associated with your headache, but also cause the swelling in all parts of your body to calm down – and that means in your sinuses, too. 

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Pregnant? What You Need to Know About Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I spent a lot of time pushing pillows behind my back trying to find comfort. As the size of the baby grew, so did my discomfort. By the time she was born, I was more than ready to give birth. When I found out I was pregnant again, I was determined that I would not suffer through the same discomforts. I started researching ways to ease the symptoms of pregnancy, including back pain. I created this blog to help other expectant moms find remedies to deal with those symptoms that can be emotionally and physically draining.