Fall is a really pretty time of year, with the leaves changing and all of the fall and holiday decorations underway. However, with fall comes allergies for a lot of people, myself included.

I've noticed that every fall my asthma gets really bad. I was diagnosed with asthma at 18, and it's always been very mild. I carry an inhaler around just for emergencies, because sometimes an attack creeps up on me. Each year as the season changes from summer to fall though, my asthma immediately gets crazy! I go from hardly ever using my inhaler to using it every two hours! I'm the type of person that tries to avoid medicine when I can, so this is not ideal. I hate the idea of using a steroid medicine so frequently.

I've also tried some natural remedies too, in hopes to lessen my use of the steroid inhaler, but to no avail. It's kind of crazy the amount of things I have tried, to have none of them work...crazy and frustrating. Among the list of natural remedies I have tried: ginger root, sea salt in boiled water, apple cider vinegar, honey, coffee, a himalayan salt lamp and eucalyptus oil. I'm guessing these are all things I'd have to use for a certain length of time for them to work...and that's why they didn't work. That has to be it, because I tried every single one of these things over the long weekend and the only thing to give me any sort of relief was the ginger root, of course, because it was disgusting. So back to the inhaler I went.

This same situation happened to me two years ago, but it was much worst because my asthma didn't respond to my inhaler, which was incredibly scary! I was in and out of walk in clinics and hospitals, receiving breathing treatments that were doing nothing. Finally, the only thing that helped me back then was a large dose of steroid in the form of a shot. As much as I didn't want to go that route, I had to, it was the only thing that helped me. It looks like I'm heading that way this year too. This is just one more reason why fall is not my favorite season and I'm always bummed out when it arrives.