7 top products to fight springtime allergies
The flowers have bloomed and the pollen is out. And whereas most East Coasters are welcoming springtime with open arms, unfortunately for us allergy sufferers, the warmer weather has opened our sinus flood gates.
April, May and even the beginning of summer wreak havoc on our body with itchy eyes and throats, coughing, sneezing and sniffling. No longer can we take a stroll without a tissue in hand, and going to sleep at night results in, to be blunt, an inability to breath.
Fortunately for us, there are plenty of ways to minimize allergy symptoms to ensure a congestion-free spring. We scavenged the internet for some of the top allergy-fighting products on Amazon -- here's what we found.
The pills, which have over 3,300 positive reviews, temporarily relieve symptoms of hay fever, including runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itchy throat.
"We are a household of two asthmatic, eczema-prone children and a highly allergenic, asthmatic dad...I've been purchasing this product for almost 3 years now, so this review is most definitely tried and true," wrote one reviewer.
Said another "I used to buy everything from a brick and mortar store, but then I found that Amazon had their own brand and decided to give it a try. I haven't looked back since. The quality is on par with name brand or other generics, but at a fraction of the cost."
2700 Amazon reviewers are in love with the bestseller, which is on sale for nearly 20 percent off right now. According to the product description, it removes "99. 97% of dust, smoke, allergies, smokers, odor, mold spores, pollen and pet dander" from the air.
Wrote one reviewer, "I've had this purifier for 5 days and can already tell a huge difference in my allergy and sinus issues. My right nostril is constantly clogged and by the second day of running this I could finally breathe thru both nostrils upon waking!"
Said another, "I did a ton of research on air purifiers before making this purchase and I am thoroughly impressed with this one...This thing actually works!"
The Amazon's Choice product, which is recommended by nearly 1900 reviewers, promises to keep you allergy free for 24 hours.
"My allergist specifically recommended it, saying not to waste time with anything else. There are a couple of things about it that may not be common knowledge. One is that, unlike most similar products, it actually stops allergens from entering the nasal passage rather than just deal with them after the fact... Based on these facts and my own personal success with using the product I believe it earns 5-stars," explained one reviewer.
Said another, "My husband went from barely being able to function (on his normal prescribed "maximum strength" allergy medications) to perfectly normal and healthy right in the middle of haying season only using Flonase."
The $9 essential oil is so beloved by Amazon customers that it's become the number one best-seller in essential oil blends. The oil, which offers a soothing mix of eucalyptus and peppermint, amongst other scents, not only soothes airways but eases inflammation and helps with recovery. You can put it on your palms or chest or use it in a diffuser.
"This special formula is absolutely amazing! It has been a life safer for me and my husband," asserted one customer.
Wrote another, "Throw a drop on your finger and rub this around your nose... it'll open right up during the allergy season! It doesn't take much to get you open up. It's natural so you can't really go wrong with 'too much.'"
This $17 spray promises to not just relieve allergy symptoms but also prevent them from occurring in the first place, without drowsiness. Nearly 1,000 Amazon customers can speak to its effectiveness. While many use it in addition to other allergy medications, others find it sufficient enough to be used alone.
"A freakin' mazing! I have suffered with allergies for years. Addicted to Afrin, Benadryl, and having panic attacks when I woke up in the middle of the night gasp;ing for air. Even began to feel anxiety when I lied down to sleep. I was seriously going nuts. Bought my first bottle of this from Walgreens and gave myself 5 treatments the first day. Felt better immediately," explained one customer.
"I have allergies to practically everything (indoor and outdoor)... Have been using NasalCrom for one day (every six hours) and have already noticed a large difference in my sinuses and eyes--both of which tend to feel scratchy. The type of scratchy feeling that makes me tired, foggy, and ready to nap just to "rest my eyes." That is gone, and I can feel the burden taken off of my eyes/sinuses. Furthermore, the brain fog is gone," concluded another.
Over 1,000 Amazon reviewers can attest to the powers of Allegra's 24-hour allergy pills, which retail for under $25 for 70 tablets on its site.
Maintained one user, "This is the only allergy medicine Ive found that doesn't make me feel drowsy and weird and actually works."
Explained another, "This is the best allergy medicine I have used. I get really bad hayfever and also sulfa allergies. Sulfites are pretty hard to avoid but when I am taking allegra it is almost like I dont have the allergy. The things that would nornally give me rashes, breakouts, headaches, itchy dry eyes, and even hives, now barely bother me if they do at all. I have found the 24 hour better than 12 hour and usually stick with the regular instead of decongestant. I have been using allegra for many years and love it"
This all-natural essential oil, which is packed with camphorous-scented ingredients, relieves symptoms not just from allergies, but from colds, bronchitis and asthma, amongst other conditions. Users can put a few drops on their body or use it in a diffuser for respiratory relief.
"The smell was awesome & you could tell it was the real thing.. I suffer with terrible sinus blockage and chest congestion and I couldn't believe how this has helped me. Within a few seconds of smelling it I was opening up and breathing so much better. I am in awe," explained one user.
"I diffuse it and sleep so wonderfully. I never want to run out, so I just ordered another. It not only helps me sleep better, it also helps me with my allergies. Usually at night I have at least one side of my nose stuffy, but this eases the swelling a bit so I can breathe better," explained another.