Spring Allergies

Spring is in full swing here in Michigan! However, for some, this season means a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and ears, sinus pressure, sleeplessness, and fatigue. These are all symptoms of spring allergies. Hay fever is among the most common allergy, affecting one in five Americans and lingering for months at a time while pollen circulates in the air. Since allergies are so common among Americans, it can be easy to buy in to marketing campaigns from the pharmaceutical companies. Luckily, we’re here to tell you that your allergies can be helped naturally! Avoid making these five mistakes.

 

#1: Throwing money at the problem
There are hundreds of products on the market claiming to ease your allergy ailment, and some of them work well for different people. But if you find yourself bouncing from product to product with no relief, consider making an appointment at our office, where we can determine the root cause of the problem. Nasal saline sprays or rinses, such as the Neti pot, also are invaluable to some people experiencing irritated sinuses. Just be sure not to overuse them.

 

#2: Not knowing your enemy
Sometimes people treat allergy symptoms without even knowing what they’re allergic to, or if they really are suffering from true seasonal allergies. While hay fever is a prime culprit this time of year, other allergens can also cause symptoms. Many people think they only have seasonal allergies, but actually have them year-round.
Things like dust mites, cockroaches, cigarette smoke, or even the artificial fragrances in candles, hair spray, or air fresheners could be causing symptoms similar to hay fever allergies. We can determine the source of your allergies through Nutrition Response Testing.
#3: Waiting ’til you feel the pain
If you do have allergies, start taking supplements that work for you before the season starts. Pay attention to the weather-as winter and spring merge, pollens and molds are released into the air.
#4: Allowing allergens into your house
Once you find the cause (or causes) of your problem and the proper treatment, you should take steps to keep the allergens that agitate you out of your home. If you’re allergic to pollen, don’t keep your windows open all the time, and take a shower when you come in from the outdoors. Pollen counts are the highest around midday, so that’s also a good time to stay indoors.
#5: Pigging out on problematic produce
People who are allergic to pollen can also have oral allergy syndrome, which affects about a third of seasonal allergy sufferers. Your immune system sees a similarity between the proteins of pollen and those in some foods, and that can trigger a reaction. If you’re allergic to tree pollen, you may need to avoid apples, cherries, pears, apricots, kiwis, plums, or nuts. (Cooking or peeling these foods can help bypass a reaction in some people.) Poor diet (especially sugar consumption) plays a large role in exacerbating spring allergies.
On the other hand, research has found that certain foods can actually help heal hay fever. Broccoli, citrus fruits, collard greens, and kale are full of compounds that can help your body cope with allergy season.

 

Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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