Allergies are miserable but they don’t have to be that bad

Allergies are miserable but they don’t have to be that bad

Now that allergy season is in full swing, the horrible itchy eyes and the awful stuffy noses are back. I am just one of the many victims to seasonal allergies. Yes, these allergies are miserable. But they don’t have to be.

There are many home remedies AND medications that can help lessen your allergy symptoms. One thing that has really helped me is about a year ago, after consulting with my doctor and allergist, I decided to start getting allergy shots. These shots are an immunotherapy form of treatment. How they work is every week for a couple of months you get a shot containing a small amount of the things you’re allergic to. After a couple months you start getting the shots once a month for around 2-4 more years, depending on the severity of your allergies. Over time, as the doses of the shot get bigger, your body will build up an immunity to the allergens, ideally getting rid of them all together.

After only about a year of getting the shots, my allergies have significantly improved. I used to not want to go outside in the summer because of how bad I would feel in only a couple of minutes. Now, though, I don’t need to hide inside all day.

Even though these shots have helped me a lot, I still do get some allergies and have a long way to go. These shots can also be a little bit pricey and don’t work for everyone, so make sure to talk to your doctor and do research first.

Kili is a sophomore at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.