A Family Full of Allergies

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO
allergy-mug-shotsMy family knows a thing or two about allergies.  And we owe our unchapped noses to Kleenex facial tissues.  For as long as I can remember I have had environmental allergies.  I’ve tried traditional medicines and homeopathic remedies.  While at times I have felt relief, it is pretty much always short-lived.  I have a constant runny nose.  Unfortunately because I have allergies, that means my kids were likely to get them too.  My  oldest was diagnosed with food allergies around his first birthday.  We have those under control but I think he is starting to grow in to some environmental allergies.  Why do I think that?  The constant sniffles.  And my youngest for sure has allergies.  He began coughing in the middle of the night last year every night with no other symptoms and I couldn’t do anything to stop it.  After seeing a doctor he suggested we try kid’s Zyrtec.  It stopped the coughs but guess what?  He has a runny nose too.  I stopped short of doing skin testing with him because I don’t know if you have ever had to do it but it totally sucks.

sharon-allergy-testHere is my last allergy test.  It hurt.  Real bad.  And it itched even worse.  The nurse actually gave me a Benadryl soon after the test started because of how quickly and how much I reacted to some of the things.  The two biggest welts are to grass and dust.  I’m basically allergic to indoors and out.  I asked the doctor to take a picture so I could text my husband that the they were writing me a prescription for a maid. :) It didn’t end up with a maid but I think it was the visual he needed to understand just how bad allergies make me feel sometimes.  My husband has never been diagnosed with allergies by a doctor.  But somebody without allergies would not make the snorty noises that he does.  Or sniff all the time.  Have I mentioned his 9 o’clock sneeze attacks?  Needless to say I think he contributed to the inevitable allergies for our children.

Kleenex-pocket-tissue-packsBecause all of us have runny noses, I do not leave the house without tissues.  You will always find a Kleenex Pocket Pack or Wallet Pack in my purse.  To me there is nothing more awful than being stuck somewhere when you need a tissue and you can’t find one.  I’m not even sure if my son knows this but I have a Kleenex Pocket Pack in his backpack in case I need to blow my nose on our walk to or from school.  What can I say, I plan ahead.  A sale on Kleenex Brand Facial Tissue is a happy day for me.  So the minute I found out about this coupon at Target I headed there.  The offer?  Buy 1 Kleenex 4 pack, get 1 free Wallet Pack (2-pk) or 1 Pocket Pack (3-pk) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!  Some for the house, some for my purse.  Done.

on-my-nightstandTissues are pretty much part of our home decor.  Thankfully Kleenex boxes are well designed.  I keep a box right next to my bed so I always know where to find a tissue.  And when I gently suggest a tissue to my husband I can get one to him in a split second should he actually accept.  In his head he is allergy free…

Kleenex for AllergiesWe keep a box of Kleenex in the kitchen ’cause ain’t nothing grosser than a runny nose over a pot of food.  This is centrally located to the dining and living rooms as well.  And it is where I grab a handful of tissues to take with me in the morning when I sit down at the kitchen table with my cup of coffee and my laptop.

tissue-in-M's-roomMy youngest had started hollering for a tissue after we put him to bed so I decided he was old enough to keep his own box in his bedroom.  The only trouble is that I find used tissues all over his bedroom floor the next morning.  I’m pretty sure he does a quick dab at his nose and considers it done and moves on to a new one.  My mom came across a pin on Pinterest where you use tape and stick a full Kleenex box to an empty one so that you have your tissues and a trash can in one place!  Genius!  I will be making that this week.

in-o's-bedAnd although the tissue box doesn’t start out in my oldest son’s bed, it ends up there several nights a week.

o-blowing-his-noseI had never really thought about the softness or quality of Kleenex tissue before.  It is just what we use.  But last week we ran out of toilet paper and I bought a brand I don’t usually buy.  I sometimes use toilet paper to blow my nose.  I was taken aback by how terrible it felt.  And it dawned on me, Kleenex tissues are perfect.  The only time my nose gets raw from blowing is when I have a cold.  So in that instance I move on to Kleenex Lotion Tissues.  But I didn’t ever need to think about the softness before because I never thought they weren’t soft.  But it made me realize that sometimes brand names are totally worth it.  I will only buy Kleenex Brand Facial Tissues for my family’s noses.  It is the only way to ensure comfortable noses all around.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #KleenexAllergy #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO



  1. Maribel Reyes says

    I feel your pain with allergies! that is us. Our entire family has a medical history of asthma and allergies, sinus issues that are all about dust, weather induced, etc.

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