10 unexpected remedies and products worth trying if you’re dealing with the plight of seasonal allergies

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Allergies are the enemy of all joy.

Your eyes, ears, nose, and throat are invaded by itchiness, your eyes become swollen and puffy, and, after three consecutive sneezes, you will by law become the unenthusiastic recipient of your entire office’s attention. It’s a fast way to turn the average comfort of everyday life way, way down.

To help make this pollen- or dander-laden season a little bit easier on all of us, I checked out best-selling allergy relievers on Amazon and asked my colleagues and friends for the tricks they employ and products they trust most. Aside from picking up some local honey and adding it into your diet, the 10 products below should provide some welcome and immediate relief. It might be better to start here rather than giving an ultimatum to your roommate to decide between you and their cat.

A gel eye mask you can stick in the freezer and wear at bedtime for swollen eyes

Kimkoo Gel Eye Mask Cold Pack &Cool Compress for Puffy, Dry Eyes, $10.99

After a day of pawing at my red, itchy eyes during pollen season, they’re pretty much just puffy slits. Once I’ve taken allergy medication, the swelling goes down and the itching subsides, but this gel mask helps return me to normal. Pop it in the freezer and throw it on at night to combat puffiness. 

An air purifier that removes 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander to make your home a reprieve from irritants

Levoit Air Purifier with True Hepa Filter, $89.99

Even if you can’t escape the allergens outside completely, you should be able to take care of them indoors. This best-selling air purifier has a powerful filter that should remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander from your home. It’s preferable to intensive nightly cleaning, and it might save you some money on traditional allergy medications. 

Natural capsules that are a cult-favorite for both migraines and allergy relief

NOW Foods Butterbur with Feverfew, 60 Veg Capsules, $14.12

A cult-favorite supplement a colleague told me about, Butterbur capsules can be used to counteract everything from migraines to allergies. Human studies have shown promising clinical results.

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