How to Effectively Treat Allergies
Allergy season is upon us and there is nowhere to hide. In my area, the pollen blows down the street like snow and sticks to everything in its path from your clothes to the home window screens. The ill effects it causes makes it a nuisance. I have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. Trying to find medications to soothe it has never been easy because medications don’t get rid of the illness they just stop the symptoms temporarily which leaves the opportunity for the illness to return. Then the side effects of the medications can be worse than the symptoms you are trying to stop. Some of them include dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, and blurred vision. That can cause you even more misery and a feeling of frustration. So we must learn to effectively treat allergies.
Let’s start with exactly what is an allergy. It is a substance that enters the body causing an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is when the immune system starts fighting the substance that has entered the body by releasing what is called histamine which is a natural chemical that defends your body from the allergen. The histamine causes irritation to wherever the pollen has come in contact which is often the eyes, nose, throat, and sinus area. The irritant causes swelling and discomfort which include physical symptoms like rash, itchy eyes, stuffy and/or runny nose, difficulty breathing due to tightness of chest, nausea, and diarrhea.
The most popular allergy is hay fever which a lot of people including myself suffer from. It is a seasonal occurrence due to allergens that grow in the spring, summer, and mold spores. Other triggers can include pet hair or dander, dust mites, cigarette smoke, and perfume. There are some options that can be helpful in treating this illness effectively; to ease the symptoms and help the body not produce the histamine so easily when faced with these allergens.
1. Clean Nose
Allergens like pollen stick to the mucus membrane. So to remove them you need to clean your nasal passages. The easiest way to do this is to use what is called a Netipot. They can be found at your local pharmacy or discount store. You can fill it with a saline solution that it comes with or make your own which is a mixture of baking soda, sea salt, and boiled or distilled water. To prevent allergens from reaching the mucus membrane you can put a little vaseline in your nostrils before going outside. This will trap the pollen and keep it from irritating your body’s system.
2. Wash Away
When you get home remove all of your outside clothes take a shower and rinse off to remove any allergens that may still be on your skin.
3. Clean Air
Air filters are helpful in your home as well as vacuum cleaners. They can get rid of the triggers that are around you like dust and pet dander. Another important thing is to be sure that all of your windows in your home have screens. The screens will stop the pollen from entering your home. Also, make sure to clean the screens as needed.
4. Get Body Prepared
Incorporate quercetin which is a natural pigment found in fruits and vegetables and also comes as a supplement. It prevents the release of histamines which causes the symptoms of hay fever. It can be found in apples, red grapes and for all you tea lovers like myself black tea.
5. Take It Easy
When we are sick we tend to want to rid the body of the symptoms immediately. However that is our body’s way of fighting the illness, so we need to rest and let the body heal in its own time. So patience is a necessity in order to effectively treat allergies. Relax in a steam bath with a few drops of your favorite essential oils like peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Another way to enjoy the benefits of the essential oils is through aromatherapy. Put a few drops in your diffuser and you will feel the soothing effects of the essential oils.
6. Stay Hydrated
The key to easing your hay fever symptoms is to stay hydrated. When you let the symptoms take over and stray away from consuming the necessary amount of water you need each day which is eight glasses you become dehydrated. Then your body may produce more histamines worsening your symptoms which will intensify your symptoms making you feel worse. For more on staying hydrated read Feeling Your Best.
7. Have Some Chamomile Tea
Chamomile contains natural antihistamine properties, So it is good for hay fever sufferers to ease their allergy symptoms and stop the body’s production of histamine. However those allergic to ragweed should not consume this tea because it has proteins similar to those found in ragweed.
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