New Yorkers got a little taste of spring over the past few days, and now the temperature is back in the polar vortex digits. The temps this past Saturday were hovering in the low '60s, which felt positively balmy. As I rode in a cab down 11th Avenue that afternoon, I glimpsed dozens of people heading to Hudson River Park on bikes, blades, scooters and Nikes. Many were dressed in just T shirts, tank tops, shorts, with a few guys jogging shirtless. I was much more cautious, opting to switch out my Canada Goose down coat for a short leather Kors moto jacket. I have had enough experience with the mercurial NYC weather to know not to trust my respiratory health to a fluke warm day in early March. I have also recently discovered another little tool that I can no longer live without, especially now, as the first hints of green begin to poke their way out of the late winter earth: Ocean Saline Nasal Spray.
This winter has been one of the coldest and snowiest in NYC's recent memory, and particularly difficult for those of us with sinus problems and chronic congestion. I live in a pre-war building on the West Side, and the heat in my apartment can get stifling, particularly during the night. I was waking up in the morning unable to breathe through my nose, with a parched throat because I had been breathing through my mouth for hours while I slept. My nasal passages were dry, irritated and completely fused shut. This condition would last until I got into a hot shower and held my head under the bundle of eucalyptus branches tied to the shower head. But then someone gave me a bottle of Ocean Saline Nasal Spray and now the entire problem is cleared out with a quick blast up each nostril in under 10 seconds. This natural, non-medicated saline nasal spray, in a 3.5 Fl. oz bottle, opens my nasal passages immediately and I am able to blow my nose and get back to normal breathing before my first cup of coffee in the morning.
No one is making predictions about spring allergy season 2014 yet, but one thing is for sure, when it arrives it will come with all the usual miseries. So, how can you prepare for the teary eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing, etc? Stock up on the following five items and you'll be ready for the first "achoo". Tissues infused with aloe to help with a runny nose. The aloe will help with repeated bouts of nose blowing. Ocean Saline Nasal Spray. One key way to dislodge pollen and allergens from your nose is to flush them out. Ocean Saline Nasal Spray can help because it is not medicated, so you can use it as often as necessary. It contains glycerin to help moisturize. Unscented baby wipes. Wipe them gently over your hair when you come in from outdoors; whether from a morning run (high time for pollen), walking the dog or running errands. The wipe will help dislodge pollen that may stick to your hair. Lint remover roller. Along the same principle as the baby wipes, running the roller over your clothes when coming indoors can help dislodge pollen and allergens from your clothes. Saline eye drops. Easy to use and soothing to the eyes, these drops can also help you from tearing up every time you just look at a tree.
Since the weather all over the country has been on a roller coaster ride of high and low temperatures and deep freezes, spring may arrive suddenly and with a vengeance. Best to be prepared. Ocean® Saline Nasal Spray is the #1 recommended brand by pharmacists.* It offers natural, non-medicated relief for nasal passages that are congested or irritated by allergies, dryness, colds, flu, rhinitis and sinusitis. It is safe for frequent daily nasal care and is gentle enough for infants. Ocean® Saline Nasal Spray is available at CVS and Walgreens stores nationwide and retails for $4.99. Visit www.oceannasalcare.com for more great tips and helpful information. The OCEAN® Nasal Care family of products offers a non-medicated option for allergies that can be used as often as needed, is safe for all ages, and may be used in conjunction with other medications. OCEAN® Saline Nasal Spray has been the non-medicated saline nasal brand recommended most by doctors for more than 30 years. OCEAN Complete® Sinus Rinse (for nasal sinus irrigation and nasal moisturizing), OCEAN for Kids® Saline Nasal Spray (specially formulated for infants and children) and OCEAN Gel® Nasal Moisturizer (for sore, irritated noses) are also available.