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The sniffling season has arrived in the US. Like your fellow Americans, you are probably coughing with tears rolling down your cheeks. In Spring, the higher count of pollen ragweed in the air may have caused blockage in your airways, a sore throat, or a stuffy nose –or all of these.
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, then you are among millions of other Americans who have contracted Rhinitis or Hay fever.
When the pollen count is higher, it is natural for your body to react; not to miss pollen is a major irritant substance. Your body may behave abnormally to an innocent foreign body seeing it as a threat. Your body then releases chemical like Histamine causing allergenic symptoms.
Along with medication, you can take help from various natural sources to prevent your allergies, strengthen your immune system, and nipping the triggers.
When your body actively releases Histamines, it exhibits allergic symptoms. AntiHistamine drops are easily available, but they may cause nausea and drowsiness. How about using some naturally occurring anti-histamines to relieve your allergy.
Vitamin C is your natural weapon to fight against hay fever. Not only it serves as an antihistamine, but may also help you with inflammatory reactions. Most citrus fruits like orange, lemons, and grapefruits have Vitamin c.
Another option for treating your hay fever or migraine is butterbur- a plant extracted from a shrub. If you are North American, you may easily find one for your allergies. However, it may cause minor side effects such as fatigue, itchy eyes, or diarrhea.
Probiotics may help your immune system in maintaining a balance of gut bacteria. These micro-organisms may assist your body against the allergens.
Raw honey may prove to be an instant relief for your allergy. You may keep the intake from teaspoon to tablespoon, whatever suits your body.
fluids such as soups and tea may also help.
Airborne allergens – specially pollens, are the major cause of Hay fever, try to avoid them:
The pollen count is at the highest in the morning. Staying indoor surely helps but don’t keep a door open for pollens to come in. The best way is to keep the windows shut at this time.
Do not forget to wear a mask while going out –this will help you to inhale a lesser amount of allergens.
Make sure to take a bath every time you come back home. Your hair may have carried an allergen. Washing your face and hair may also wash the allergen away.
Keep the air you are breathing in clean, and HEPA filters are the best choice for this.
Rinsing your nasal using saline or a neti pot helps you clean mucus from the nose relieving allergy symptoms.
Steaming also clears your nasal passages making it easier to breathe.
Acupuncture –ancient Chinese technique – may also help in getting rid of allergies. To what extent it may relieve your allergies is, however, debatable.
Prevention is better than cure. If you don’t want your allergies to worsen with time, the best way is to avoid the known triggers.
While it is true that natural treatments help to lessen your allergy symptoms, they cannot outweigh your allergy medication. You may take help of nature for your allergies, but you can only treat them if you know the causative allergen.
For diagnosis and treatment of your allergic symptoms, contact us and schedule an appointment with the best allergist in NYC Dr. Sneeze.