Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Tis the Season to be Sneezin'

I wrote this post while participating in a blog tour conducted by Clever Girls Collective on behalf of Claritin®. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program.

I know I have written plenty on this blog about Eldest's struggles with seasonal allergies.  Well, short of weekly allergy shots (which he has adamantly stated he does.not.want.), we are managing to control his allergies in the spring and summer through prescription medicine, nasal spray and eye drops. 

And not to be left out, Hubby also struggles with the pollen in the spring.

Needless to say, my Trenches contain a plethora of (used, crumpled) tissues.

So what else can I do to make the allergy-sufferers in my family comfortable during the long, drawn-out spring allergy season?

First of all, while I hate dusting (Why bother?  It just frigging comes back!), I will concede that I dust more often in the spring.  I can't stand to see the boys writing their names in the dust build-up that thin coating of green pollen all over the place!

Second, I wash the bedsheets more often.  Now, here is where it gets personal.  I don't know about you, but I am a once-a-month type of sheet-washer.  (Is that gross?  Are you judging me?)  During allergy season, I try to strip the beds every 3 weeks instead.  (Please seriously don't tell me that you wash and change your sheets every week...)

But the most important thing we do in our Trenches to manage allergies is a big one.  It's something that costs us more money, but makes the two allergy-sufferers breathe easier.  And that is:  We keep our windows closed.  Yep.  All those nice spring days when there's still a bit of chill in the air?  Our windows are sealed tight.  And to compensate, the air conditioning gets turned on.  I swear, our AC runs from about May (Remember, we live in Massachusetts.  Winter ends in April, you know.) through October.  Because then there's fall allergies too...


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Adrienne said...

I sooo should close our windows...too stubborn. To add to the alergey thrills this spring, the blower motor in my car went, and I've had to drive/park with the CAR windows open. Going to the mechanic tomorrow ~ then I'm cleaning that thin layer of green off the entire INSIDE of my car. ACHOOOOOO is right!

Maureen said...

We close our windows too... it kills me because up until this year, I didn't have any issues with the pollen. This year, I was taught a lesson!


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