Valdosta Daily Times

March 30, 2014

You can even have allergies on a budget

Brittany D. McClure
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — My eyes are glistening with teardrops, and my nose is as runny as a steady stream ... Aw, Spring, how I have missed thee. While I’m excited to finally break out the flip-flops and sundresses, I have been having an awful time dealing with this blizzard of pollen that nature has so graciously granted South Georgia.

As if keeping my new, shiny black car clean isn’t hard enough (you see how I had to drop that in there), now I have to dust it for pollen twice a day. Yes, I actually travel with a car duster in my trunk. To make matters worse, I am forced to fork out tons of money on over-the-counter allergy medicine just so I can help my throat from not sounding like I’ve been chain-smoking since birth. This spring, I decided to do some investigating because I was tired of spending my Starbucks money on allergy medicine. So, because I love you so much, here are some budget-friendly ways to keep your allergies in check.


1. Equate ChlorTabs, a.k.a. Heaven.

At just under $3 for a 100-count bottle, it’s not only one of the cheapest allergy medicines; it’s one of the best. My primary-care physician swears by it, and after taking them, now I do, too.


2. Honey Boo Boo minus the Boo Boo.

One of my mom’s co-workers suffers from horrible allergies and one of the things she does to combat her symptoms is to take a spoonful of local honey every morning. The idea is that by eating the honey from bees in your local area, you are gradually vaccinating the body against allergens. Honey contains many of the same pollen spores that affect allergy sufferers, and introducing these spores through honey in small amounts gradually makes the body become accustomed to these spores. But it can’t be store-bought honey; it has to be honey that was produced in the area where you live. This way, you are getting the spores that are actually causing you to react.


3. Drink tons of Orange Juice.

According to Best Health Reader’s Digest, the production of histamine is what causes tearing, excess mucus and a runny nose. Vitamin C, found in orange juice, helps prevent the formation of histamine.


4. Purchase a humidifier.

You can purchase a humidifier for the same price as an entire box of the leading brand, over-the-counter allergy medicine. I purchased my humidifier for $20 (which was $5 cheaper than my medicine of choice). Sleeping with a humidifier helps reduce allergy symptoms and eases breathing.


5. Shower in the evening.

A lot of adults like to take showers in the morning to wake them up, but if you suffer from allergies, you’re actually making your symptoms worse. As you walk around, dust and pollen are sticking to your skin and especially your hair. When you go to bed, you are transferring all of that dust and pollen to your bedding and breathing it in. It’s best to shower at night so you can ensure you are not transferring anything to your bed, and you are breathing clean air.


6. Don’t wear shoes in the house.

This tip will cost you nothing, and will help you tons! When you wear shoes in the house (even if you have hardwood floors), you are tracking pollen all over your house that you will eventually breathe. Leave the shoes off, and be sure to vacuum and sweep frequently.

 Well, my dear budgeteers, that’s all I have for you this week. Don’t forget to like me on Facebook at Brittany and follow me on Twitter @BDenneyMcClure.