How do you keep seasonal allergies (and LBL) from dampening your fun?

Would someone please tell me why spring (a season filled with delicate tree buds, and flower blossoms) has to include the indelicate side effects of seasonal allergies? Allergies mean sneezing and for many women, it only takes one big sneeze to provoke LBL. As if the runny nose and watery eyes aren’t enough! As part of my quest to find ways to nip LBL in the bud, I sought advice from a medical professional AND from my friends on Facebook who battle seasonal allergies.

First I posted this on my Facebook wall: “Anyone prepping for seasonal allergies? What works for you?” Fourteen of my friends responded. Along with several posts suggesting their favorite over the counter allergy medicines, and herbal concoctions, here are some of the other suggestions they shared:

• Use a sinus rinse bottle or neti-pot.

• I had an amazing experience with local honey last year, not a single sneeze or tear. Buy from the closest bee-hive you can find, but you need to start straightaway as a pre-caution, not a remedy! I started in autumn and ate it every day all winter through.

• Colon and Liver detox

• Last year I visited a Pettibon Chiropractor... the results were miraculous....not a single medication the entire season.

• Another way to prevent allergies is to eat healthy, live, raw food.

• Eat more Alkaline foods. Allergies cannot exist without yeast overgrowth in the body.

None of my friends are medical professionals, and some of the suggestions seemed a bit unpleasant to me. (No thank you to the colon and liver detox!) So, the next thing I did was phone Jason Gilleran, MD, a urologist at Beaumont Women’s Urology Center in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Gilleran explained that allergies alone do not cause bladder leakage. It’s the chronic coughing and sneezing that may lead to temporarily strain and weakness in the pelvic floor area, causing unwelcome leaks. “Can allergy medications cause leakage?” I asked. Dr. Gilleran said, “There is some evidence that some antihistamines can impair the bladder’s ability to squeeze normally and empty. So, it’s possible that while people are on some of these medications they may retain a little more, and be more likely to experience leakage.” For chronic coughing and sneezing, Dr. Gilleran refers women to ear, nose, and throat specialists or allergists to uncover the cause and reduce the allergy symptoms. Managing your allergy symptoms will help reduce those panty-changing coughs and sneezing fits, which for many of us means more comfort wearing our springtime-white linen pants and cotton running shorts.

What about you? What will you do to keep seasonal allergies (and LBL) from dampening your fun this spring?

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