Live Life Confidently with Allergies – and not just during peak Allergy Season!
Allergies are a reality for many, and they aren’t just prevalent during “allergy season.” In fact, allergy season can be any season depending on what you are allergic to. While most people suffer allergies in the early spring, allergy season is at its peak between May and October.
With the unusually warm weather we have been having lately, it’s not surprising that my allergies have stuck around even longer. Since the warmth has helped the pollen stay in the air longer and allowed allergen spores to thrive too, it’s been rough!
Then just when you think there is a bit of relief when you spend more time indoors, your indoor allergies can flare up. You don’t hear much about allergies in the cooler months, but there are many people like me out there who still suffer.
Suffering from allergies is definitely not a walk in the park. I know that it isn’t for me. When I have a stuffy head, watery eyes and that dreaded sneeze that can’t be contained, I know it is time to find some relief.
Do you know what is more intense than allergies?
Allergies combined with light bladder leakage. Ever since I gave birth to my two girls, my body has changed and I now have mild LBL. I’ve always suffered from seasonal allergies and indoor allergies. But, since my girls came along, anytime I sneeze, cough, jump or laugh, basically anytime pressure is placed on my bladder, I experience leaks.
So, it’s safe to say that having allergies and LBL is tough because suddenly, it’s not just a sneeze that escapes anymore and I’m left running off to the bathroom to manage damage control. It is hard enough to try to explain to everyone around you that you just have allergies all the time, not some contagious plague, without coupling that with the uncertainty that comes with LBL.
Read on for a few tips and tricks that I’ve used to beat the sneeze (and leaks!). Why? Because I one day I made the decision to seize the day and be confident without letting peoples questions or fear of leaks get in the way of my life no matter where I go!
Use Liners or Pads Made for LBL
If your allergy symptoms are coupled with bladder leakage, using a liner or pad can provide an instant sense of security. I use Poise Microliners every day for overall freshness and as a backup if I sneeze and don’t squeeze! Doing this has allowed me to gain back my confidence. What’s great too is that they’re small, thin and discrete and I just put them in my bag and go.
What Do I Do?
Above, you can see my every day carries. I’m one of those people who carries a journal because I love to jot down notes or thoughts about how my day went. That includes when I have those not so good days when my allergies flare up!
Items that I cannot do without are my iPhone and Apple Watch. Apart from using these for the obvious reasons, I also have weather and air quality alerts set up. They get pushed to my phone or watch and I know whether or not to stay inside on certain days and when it’s safe to go out! I have my earbuds to listen to music or watch movies when I get stuck inside.
To stay hydrated, I always have a refillable water bottle. Lip balm to keep my lips healthy, and tissues for my allergies. Last and most importantly, my liners. They’re small, thin and discrete and I’m protected wherever I go.
I don’t have to worry about laughing, sneezing or lifting anymore because now I am protected. It is a priceless feeling to know I have my sense of security back. I know that a lot of ladies out there use pads that are meant for menstruation and don’t know that they have options like Poise. Pads and liners that are specifically made for light bladder leakage. The best part? They have protection for all types of LBL. Mild, moderate and beyond!
Prevent Leaks Altogether
If you prefer a pad-free solution to your bladder leaks, Poise Impressa is a great option as they prevent leakage from happening. Impressa bladder supports come in an applicator similar to a tampon. However, they are not absorbent and are designed for stress urinary incontinence that can be brought on by things such as sneezing, lifting or dancing.
Impressa gently places pressure on the urethra to offer support and assist in preventing leaks. Not only is Impressa soft and flexible, but it is comfortable and can be worn for up to 12 hours. One beautiful part of being a woman is that we are not all shaped the same. Impressa keeps this in mind and has 3 different sizes to choose from. This helps you find what works best for you! Say goodbye to uncertainty. Just insert it and forget about it for up to 12-hours of discreet protection against leaks.
Keep Your Hands and Clothes Clean
In warmer climates, fall allergies can linger well into October. Seasonal rain and wind can cause the growth of mold and spungi spores. Plus, ragweed pollen season usually ends by mid-November. After you have been outside, you can bring little pieces of pollen and allergens in with you. Take a shower and change your clothes upon arriving at home. I have always found that doing this helps me to remove the allergens from my body and reduces my symptoms.
Drink More Water
I have always found that drinking more water helps to combat my stuffy nose. Water thins the mucus and helps to relieve some of my allergy symptoms. Plus, if you’re using Impressa or liners, you can feel confident in going about your day. I usually empty my bladder before I go anywhere, just in case but, I rather be hydrated and relieve my stuffy nose while being protected.
Inhaling steam has always given me some allergy relief. I find that sitting in the bathroom with the hot shower running is a great way to help. Heck, most times, I jump right in and take a warm shower afterward. When I am looking for some quick relief, I have held my head over a warm sink full of water. I use a towel over my face to trap the steam. Both of these methods help to clear my sinuses and give me temporary relief.
Wear Some Shades
You may look posh and super mysterious if you don wraparound sunglasses but, slip them on. They not only protect you from UV rays but, they stop those pesky airborne allergens from getting in your eyes.
Seize the Day!
No matter what time of year you suffer from allergy symptoms, there are ways to ease the discomfort and enjoy your life. Don’t let allergies and bladder leakage hold you back anymore. Now instead of sneezing the day, you can seize it.
For more information on taking back your confidence and managing your LBL, visit Poise.com. You’ll also find coupons and samples to see what works best for you.
Now that you are armed with a few ways to relieve your allergy symptoms and a way to live confidently with both allergies and LBL, I hope you get some relief. For me, being able to be outdoors, cuddle on my pups, and sneeze without having to worry about LBL is my Poise Moment.
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How do you relieve your allergies?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Poise. All thoughts, opinions and experiences are honest and my own.
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.