Hello, it’s Ms. Tracey here with Living Health Holistic Health Care.
I’ve been traveling lately and there was an expression that one young man used to describe his town that caught my attention. He said, “It’s really nice here because we have all four seasons.” Innocent enough comment if you are not one of the millions of people who suffer seasonal allergies as I have.
For millions of people who struggle to find relief for their stuffy nose, itching eyes and skin, some seasons are not as welcome as others. I’ve decided to put together some tips to help you manage symptoms so you may enjoy all four seasons.
First, a Few Facts about Hay Fever:
Know the numbers. More than 40 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Having asthma, eczema or a family member with the condition increases your risk.
Understand the causes. Despite the name, hay fever usually has little to do with hay or fever. It’s an allergic sensitivity to plant pollens, mold spores, and other substances called allergens. It can be seasonal (usually outdoor allergens) or year-round (usually indoor allergens).
Spot the symptoms. Most of the time allergies can be described with one word. ITCHING. Itchy nose, eyes, ears, throat, and skin. Other typical signs include a runny nose, rash, swelling, sinus congestion, and sneezing. Hay fever can disrupt your sleep because of post nasal drip and cause cough. It may also interfere with your concentration because you can’t sleep, due to being snotty, itchy, sneezy, and coughing all the time. Yuck.
Tips to Help Avoid Symptoms:
Check the count. Check the weather forecast for the pollen count. Stay indoors during peak hours, especially if it’s windy. If you must go outside, protect your eyes with wrap-around sunglasses, and keep your car windows rolled up.
Clean up. Fight mold by scrubbing any damp areas in the kitchen and bathroom with warm water and vinegar. Wash pollen off your face and hands when you come inside.
Groom your pet. Actually, ask someone else to bathe and brush him. Pet fur traps pollen so keep your pets brushed, trimmed and bathed.
Adjust your diet. Some studies suggest that eating foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, reduce inflammation. On the other hand, know your triggers. For some people, there are certain raw fruits that they are sensitive too which aggravate symptoms because their body mistakes the fruit proteins for pollen.
Drink water. Drink plenty of water such as natural spring water or mineral water like Perrier to stay hydrated throughout your day because water thins mucus. Other beverages such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, sugary drinks or dairy could dehydrate you or cause the mucus to become thick.
Avoid smoke. Cigarette smoke tends to make any allergy worse. The same goes for other irritants from strong perfumes to car exhaust.
Slow down. Are you feeling weak and irritable because your symptoms are keeping you up at night and adding to your stress levels? Make an effort to find some quiet time to rest, and be extra careful while driving or operating heavy machinery.
So, How Did I Overcome My Hay Fever?
My usual Springtime regiment consisted of corticosteroids, nasal sprays, decongestants, inhalers and antihistamines to control my symptoms. Then I began to notice that my “allergy cocktail” wasn’t working as well anymore. This year I decided to try LDI (Low Dose Immunotherapy) and ALDI (Autologous Low Dose Immunotherapy).
Actually, what really happened was our practitioner, Leslie, took pity on me when I came to work mouth breathing, sneezing, with watery eyes.
After being assessed, treated and “dosed”, I found myself forgetting it was Spring and actually enjoying the outdoors.
Try it for yourself. LDI/ALDI therapy will make your immune system less reactive to non-dangerous antigens in your bloodstream, ultimately leaving you with fewer allergy symptoms and a lifestyle where you can enjoy all four seasons possibly for the first time.