Sometimes eating foods that cross-react with the pollens you are allergic to can make the allergy symptoms worse.
Also, some people find acupuncture helpful for balancing out the immune system and thus reducing the severity of their allergy symptoms.
There is an OTC allergy product called Zicam that is homeopathic (no drug interactions to worry about
) that may help - it is a nasal gel that you can use every 2 hours as needed.
You can get HEPA air filter units that plug into the wall for your office at work. I got mine (for home) from allergybuyersclug.com. The site has product reviews, etc., to help you choose something that would be suitable for your situation.
My Allergist told me to put pillows & blankets in the clothes dryer on high for 20 minutes every 2 weeks to kill dust mites, and to wash all sheets & pillow cases in hot water at least once a week (twice a week is better).
Other suggestions include:
Vacuum 2-3x/week to remove pollen & dust from carpets, etc.
Take off your shoes as soon as you go in your house, that way you aren't tracking pollen all over the house.
Shower before going to bed to remove pollens from hair/skin.
Change clothes when you get home from work so you aren't wearing clothes all evening that were exposed to pollens.
Nasal rinses with saline water can help wash pollens inhaled during the day out of your nose. A netti pot is useful for doing this, or get a nasal saline spray at a local drug store (I got mine at Rite Aid).
Vitamin B5 supports the adrenal glands, and along with Vitamin C can help moderate the effect of allergies to some extent.
Ginger Root (tea, eaten in foods, etc.) can help reduce allergy symptoms, too. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and mast cell stabilizer.
Some people also find taking digestive enzymes between meals can help reduce the effects of allergies. Bromelain and Papain are fruit-derived enzymes that may be the most helpful for this purpose.
Drink plenty of fluids to enable your body to wash away the pollens more easily. Allergic reactions can dehydrate the mucus membranes pretty quickly.
I hope this helps ~ take care,
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, T- & B-Cell Lymphopenia, malabsorption/malnutrition, Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive/CDC negative), etc.
Meds: Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Homeopathy.