Ahh spring--isn’t it wonderful?
Blooming flowers, floating butterflies, rays of sunshine, itchy eyes, runny nose, annoying rashes.
Spring 2020 will be“long and severe” for grass pollen sufferers, this, according to Accuweather’s spring forecast.
“Allergy sufferers in the eastern United States should brace for a long and severe season this spring as predicted above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures mean much of the region will be ripe for tree, weed and grass pollen production, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.”
Unfortunately, the warmer days are not really a cause of joy for everyone. Around 20 million adults and 6.1 children in the US suffer from hay fever according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Wheezing, sneezing, itching are the common symptoms triggered by pollen or mold. They affect our sleep, mood, and even productivity.
The good news is that, there are natural ways you can do to treat or prevent these pesky allergies!
But let’s figure out first what types of allergies are out there!
This is one of the most common types of allergy especially plants that are wind pollinators and release large amounts of pollen into the environment trigger a pollen allergy. As mentioned, these include trees, grass and herb pollens.
The similarity of the proteins in allergy-causing pollen to certain foods is responsible for the intolerance of people with pollen allergies.
If you suffer from birch and hazel pollens, you may also be allergic to apples, peaches, cherries, kiwis, passion fruits, hazelnuts, almonds, carrots and tomatoes. You may also react to cereals, peas, beans, lentils, soybeans and peanuts.
These tiny arachnids are not visible to the naked eye but you can find them in every apartment or home. But they’re only problematic to allergy sufferers.
Dust mites particularly like to colonize mattresses and beddings, upholstered furniture and carpets.
Sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, runny nose, and coughing are symptoms of a dust mite allergy. If the allergy persists for a long time, it can lead to chronic nasal mucosal symptoms, or a permanently blocked nose. In severe cases, allergic bronchial asthma can develop.
The animal hair allergy is triggered by protein-containing components on the skin, in the saliva or in the urine of the animals not the hair or feathers of the animals.
The proteins stick to the hair of the animals and then get onto carpets, upholstery, clothing and of course into the air.
If that gets into the system of an allergy sufferer, a typical allergic reaction occurs.
Red eyes, runny nose, sneezing or hives are the most common symptoms. Shortness of breath, up to severe asthma attacks can also happen.
Bee and wasp stings, and more rarely hornet stings, are allergenic.
Stung people develop excessive skin reactions at the puncture site are larger than 10 centimeters in diameter. There are some who develop hives, itching all over the body, circulatory problems, nausea or diarrhea.
In severe cases, a life-threatening anaphylactic shock can occur.
In the event of an allergic reaction, the body releases the inflammatory messenger, histamine, through food intake.
During allergy season, foods with a very high histamine content should be avoided, these include:
It is also important to increase your vitamin intake whether through food or supplements. For instance, increasing your magnesium intake is advisable to reduce the release of histamines into the blood. Sources are fresh fish, oatmeal or wheat germ.
Naturopathic therapists always treat patients as a whole. They take into account both the physical and mental state.
Pediatricians or general doctors, on the other hand, limit their treatment to the symptoms and try to alleviate those.
If the cause of your symptoms is not found, complaints continue and your allergy remains uncured.
In many cases, doctors will prescribe antihistamine medications that will reduce symptoms.
However, some of these drugs cause adverse effects like sleepiness, headaches, gastrointestinal issues, or impaired liver function.
Additionally, some allergy sufferers don’t respond adequately to antihistamines, so cortisone is used in these cases, which have extremely unpleasant side effects including muscle and bone loss, increased blood pressure and sugar levels.
Suppose you suffer from seasonal allergies. The timing of your symptoms strongly suggests certain allergens depending on where you live, there are areas where the number of pollen trees is usually highest in April and May.
Hay fever usually starts during spring but can occur any time of the year. And then the ragweed season lasts from August to October.
Allergy tests are the only way to determine if you have seasonal allergies.
While the coronavirus may have similar respiratory symptoms to seasonal allergies, fever and pneumonia (in severe cases) are what make them different.
Knowing what your triggers is one of the best ways to relieve symptoms and minimize the need for medication.
Similarly, when coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose to avoid the spread of bacteria. Cooking food properly, especially meat and eggs. And avoiding crowded places are few of the ways to prevent any virus from spreading.
To know more about the coronavirus or COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization.
Apple cider vinegar not only helps with weight loss, but also with allergies! Yep, you’re losing weight and naturally combating your allergic symptoms! Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
For stuffy nose, try this recipe: Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1.5 glasses of lukewarm water. Drink three times a day.
Garlic is a natural home remedy that has an antibiotic effect.
Sounds disgusting? Yeah, maybe, but it IS effective!
Chew a raw clove of garlic in the morning to help against allergic symptoms and stimulate the immune system.
Bye, irritating runny nose!
Alternatively, you include garlic in your meals throughout the day.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
Like garlic, you can include turmeric in your food or you can take turmeric capsules, or try these recipes:
Recipe 1: Mix six tablespoons of turmeric powder with 6 tablespoons of honey in a container with a lid. Store in the fridge. Take a teaspoon in the morning and evening.
Recipe 2: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of turmeric in a cup of warm milk and drink before going to bed.
Turmeric and ginger belong to the same family. They’re both natural antihistamines and relieve stuffy nose and headache.
If chewing raw ginger is too spicy for you, make a ginger tea instead: Boil 1 tablespoon of ginger with a cinnamon stick and a cup of water. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey and squeeze half a lemon.
Nettle tea is effective against allergic rhinitis, itching, sneezing and nasal congestion.
How to make it: Boil 1 tablespoon of dried nettle leaves in water, sweetened with honey. Drink up to three times a day as needed.
Alfalfa is a perennial clover that contains a large amount of vitamin A and relieves allergic rhinitis.
For tea, boil 3 tablespoons of alfalfa in water and then refine with lemon juice and honey.
So if you suffer from an allergic runny nose, you don't have to go straight to the chemistry club, you can try these six natural home remedies first.
A tablespoon of coriander juice three times a day can relieve hay fever and itching. Coriander also helps against acute burning and best applied directly to the affected skin.
With chronic skin diseases, sea salt baths are real miracle workers. Bathing in sea salts heals blemishes and wounds.
If you have dermatitis or a rash, try a bath in sea salt water for ten minutes, twice a week and then wrap the affected parts tightly in a bath towel for one to two hours.
Eucalyptus is a very good, natural weapon for allergies.
As tea, it relieves painful bronchi and swollen mucous membranes. If you include it in your bath, it can relieve itching and skin problems.
Eucalyptus ointments or mixtures with conventional cooking oil can be applied directly to eczema.
As oil, mix a drop of eucalyptus oil with 10 ml of cooking oil. Then with a cotton swab, use it to wet the insides of your nose several times a day.
Eyebright is a medicinal plant used to treat itchy eyes.
You can boil the herb with a quarter liter of water and leave it for 10 minutes. Soak sterile bandages and carefully place them on closed eyes. This application is more refreshing when it is cool.
All of these are valuable and natural tips against allergic reactions. However, you should always discuss with your doctor which preparations you can take.
These DIY remedies should not be used as a replacement to proper medical treatment. Don’t underestimate your allergic reactions, if these are not treated properly they can even lead to more severe implications.
Frequent cleaning of all furniture and floors will help keep pollen concentration in your home as low as possible. While cleaning, wear a face mask to protect yourself.
Wash your hands regularly; your hair everyday and put your dirty clothes outside the bedroom to reduce pollen load in your bedroom.
After raining, the air is free of pollen. This is the ideal time for walks.
Avoid gardening, mowing the lawn and outdoor activities during pollen season or move these activities to the early morning hours.
When planning a vacation, try to choose places with little pollen or spore flight if possible. Mediterranean countries often have olive pollen, which contains allergens similar to ash pollen.
Detoxify your body.When your body is full of environmental toxins, it becomes difficult for our detoxification organs, liver and kidney, to function properly.
Due to increased toxin load, the immune system suffers immensely trying to filter out these toxins.
You can help your body with the detoxification process by including microalgae chlorella or spirulina in your diet.
These two “power substances” contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids and vital fatty acids that relieve the drainage organs and immune system from toxins
At the same time filling the body with nutrients and vital substances, strengthens and regenerates the organs and systems.
Still dreading spring season? With these natural, home remedies and everyday tips, you won’t notice spring has gone by and we’re onto summer!
What kind of allergies are you praying for you won’t have an episode of?
What remedies have you tried at home that worked for your allergies? Or have you given up and turned to traditional meds?
Let us know what you have in mind that might help fellow allergy sufferers in our community!