Not another allergy season! This is the worst time of year for some people that suffer from allergies. Symptoms can include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy throat, dry, itchy or runny eyes, coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, fever, rashes, the list goes on and on. I do not envy those of you who do suffer as I see how miserable my Husband is every morning and throughout each day for a month or two when the snow starts to melt and the flowers start to bloom again. The good news is that there are many preventative measures that can help ease your symptoms as well as remedies that might even completely mask them!
First, you should start by identifying all the things that you are allergic to like pollen, house dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches, food, bug/bee bites, your office, your husband, etc. Believe it or not, some people find their allergy symptoms appear — or get worse — while they’re at work. Occupational allergic rhinitis is a condition in which people are affected by workplace allergens, such as cleaning products or chemical fumes. A good place to start researching and get answers to what could be causing your allergic reactions is the Allergist website by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. If still in doubt, find a local allergist to get prick tested for various allergies.
If your allergies are environmental related, start by tossing all your existing chemical cleaning solutions and either making your own natural “green” cleaning supplies or purchase them at your local supermarket or grocery store. It is so easy to make your own and these cleaning solutions are so much better for you, your family and the environment. If you haven’t started doing this already, we highly recommend you start now. Read more about making your own cleaning supplies at Greatest.com’s 27 Chemical-Free Recipes for DIY Spring Cleaning.
After you have your cleaning supplies, it is time to get rid of all those dust mites and pet dander that has been laying around your house all Winter and is getting ready to start flying when you start opening your windows this Spring. Time for some serious Spring cleaning. Here’s an idea: turn your Spring cleaning into a party and invite your friends to help! Then do the same for them. It’s a win-win and a good excuse to get together with your friends.
Air purifiers, filters, humidifiers, and conditioners can provide varying degrees of relief as well. Check out this article on the 10 best rated air purifiers in 2018.
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Another preventative measure more and more people are turning to is acupuncture, in which tiny needles inserted just under the skin at specific points in the body are used to prevent and/or reduce certain symptoms. It is definitely an alternative medicine worth checking into. To learn more, contact Naomi at Enso Acupuncture
If your allergies are caused by some of the foods that you eat – this isn’t rocket science people – STOP EATING those foods! No cheating! You will thank yourself in the long run. Your skin will clear up, you will be able to breathe easier, your constant sinus infection will clear, you will have more energy and even sleep better at night – you may even lose some weight! My daughter stopped eating dairy and sugar completely and became a different (better) person 3 – 4 weeks later. No more belly aches, headaches, skin rashes. Her hair became shinier and she stopped complaining and is a much, much happier 10 year old!
- Antihistamines: counter the effects of histamine which is the substance that makes eyes water, noses itch and causes sneezing during allergic reactions. Sleepiness used to be a problem with the first generation of antihistamines, but the newest drugs do not cause such reactions.
- Nasal steroids: These anti-inflammatory sprays help decrease inflammation, mucus and swelling. They work well in combination with antihistamines and, in low doses for brief periods of time, and do not have many (if any) side effects.
- Neti Pot: a container designed to rinse debris or mucus from your nasal cavity.
- Cromolyn sodium: This is also a nasal spray that can help stop hay fever by blocking release of histamine and other symptom-producing chemicals. It can have a few side effects.
- Decongestants: Thin nasal secretions and can reduce sinus discomfort and swelling. Decongestants can be found in capsule or spray form and are usually used in combination with antihistamines. Long-term usage of spray decongestants can actually make symptoms worse, while decongestant pills do not.
- Immunotherapy: Allergy shots can provide relief for patients who don’t find relief with antihistamines or nasal steroids. They alter the body’s immune response to allergens, thereby helping to prevent allergic reactions. Current immunotherapy treatments are limited because of potential side effects.