My mom said that when I was born, it was like uwaaaahhhh achooo! I’ve gone to countless doctors for my allergic rhinitis. I even went to a doctor who stuck two tubes into my nose and pumped something into it. It was torture. In the end, they just simply said that I’d eventually grow out of it. I’m 24. How old do I have to be before I finally grow out of this?
What I’ve grown into is learning how to live with allergic rhinitis. Here are the things I do that help me avoid or deal with my allergy attacks:
1. Tissue forever
I always have tissues in my bag. If the allergy is severe, I can finish a big box in one go.
2. Allerta friend
Allerta is a non-drowse anti-allergy medicine, so I always have this wherever I go. I also take Zyrtec when the allergy is really bad. Zyrtec is stronger than Allerta, but it will make you drowsy. My aunt told me that whenever she gets an allergy attack, she takes an anti-allergy pill every night for seven days. I’m going to try that, but I’m going to use generic medicine so that it’ll be cheaper.
3. Jacket it up
I am sensitive to temperature changes. If it suddenly gets cold, I to put on a jacket. When it gets hot, I can just take off the jacket.
4. Dust must bust
I am allergic to dust, so I always have to sweep my room and keep it clean. I also ride the aircon bus as opposed to the jeep when traveling long distances because the pollution will trigger an attack.
5. Salty concoction
When I already have an allergy attack, and the medicinal remedies do not work, I turn to a mix of warm water and salt, and I use this to clean my nose.
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