Blooming trees and flower buds signals the start of the spring season. However, if you are among the millions of people who have spring allergies; this would also be the start of your congestion, sneezing, allergic rhinitis and runny nose. Symptoms of springtime allergies; also referred as allergic rhinitis and hay fever, can definitely leave you miserable this season.
This allergic response, on the brighter side, also means that your immune system is active, and studies show that allergy sufferers have lower risks of developing certain cancers. But symptoms of allergies should still be treated to prevent any further complication. Here are some tips to reduce the effects of spring time allergies that you can easily do.
Pollens are everywhere during springtime, and they can stick on your skin, hair, clothes and get them inside your house, it can then mix with the dust in your home. Taking a shower and changing your clothes can reduce the irritants you’ll inhale. You can also keep the windows close and turn on the air-conditioner so that the pollen can be filtered out. Just make sure that you follow the manual on how to properly clean the air conditioner filter.
Eating the right kind of foods can also help you reduce the effects of spring time allergies. Health problems, as well as the worsening of existing problems can be caused by poor eating habits. Research shows that having a healthy and well-balanced diet can help treat health problems including relief from asthma and seasonal allergies. Medical exerts recommend to have foods like fruits, nuts, vegetables, green tea and seeds included in their daily diet, because these foods are rich in antioxidants. These are powerful chemicals that can help fight inflammation in your body, which a crucial factor in managing your allergic reactions.
It is also important that you watch the weather. More pollen can be spread in the air during high winds and low humidity. Try to stay indoors during this condition, peak pollen hours are between 5 am to 10am.
There are several natural supplements also that are seen to be effective in reducing the symptoms of springtime allergies without the side effects.
Butterbur is an herb that has been discovered in some studies that can work well just like how anti-histamines work without the drowsiness after.
The stinging nettle is another herb that also works like anti-histamines. It is recommended that you take these supplements before you develop any symptoms. It is best that you start few weeks before the allergy season.
Acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of allergies when they are active and more importantly, can help to correct the immune system imbalance that causes the allergic response in the first place.