Coughs related to allergies can be uncomfortable, disruptive to your sleep, and quite a nuisance. Have you noticed your cough may have appeared earlier this year? and you seem to suffering more than usual? It’s not your imagination, we had a mild winter across the United States and now allergy season has arrived extra early and with a vengeance.
Although not contagious, coughs related to allergies can cause an itchy, scratchy throat, mild soreness and in severe cases, interrupt normal breathing.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Zac Zarbock, pediatrician and founder of Zarbee’s cough remedies and syrups, and he provided me with some tips on how to treat coughs related to seasonal allergies.
As a long time sufferer of both indoor, and seasonal allergies I know how pesky coughs related to allergies can be and wanted to share this information to offer those suffering some much needed relief.
Dr. Zarbok’s Tips on How to Identify and Treat Coughs Related to Allergies:
1. Know Your Symptons -clear runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy eyes, red throat and cough from drainage behind the nose are all signs of allergies. Asthma may worsen during this time leading to more coughing, wheezing, and often breathing difficulty. If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to fever, aches, fatigue, and green/yellow nasal drainage, you may also have an infection and may need to seek medical attention.
2. Track Your Symptons -Coughs that begin around the same time every year are often caused by allergies. But if you also react to indoor triggers such as mold spores, dust mites and insects you may experience an allergy related cough all year long.
3. Reduce Triggers -This is a tip I live by! I change my pillow case almost every day during heavy pollen counts, rinse my hair at night, am careful to wash my face, ears, and neck when coming indoors and keep windows (car and home) closed. Keeping the house dusted and vacuumed, as well as reducing clutter all work to cut down on triggers. Remember to change air/furnace filters frequently, wash screens and fan blades with a damp cloth and wash A/C vents. (I actually wear gloves while dusting and even use a mask when involved with heavy dust.)
4. Treat Safely & Effectively-I always have natural saline spray on hand to keep my nasal passages moist and clear of mucus. I choose to use Dr. Zarbee’s Cough Syrup for an all-natural, 100% safe and effective cough remedy. I love that Dr. Zarbee’s is made with anti oxidant rich honey that has proven to calm, soothe and coat sore throats.