How to Manage Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are affecting millions this time of year. They develop when the immune system overreacts to different allergens. Allergies can cause a variety of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling, or asthma. During allergy season some people develop things like anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, bladder problems, brain fog, and hot flashes in addition to congestion, itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and copious amounts of mucus.
More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, making it the 6th most chronic disease experienced in the country. The symptoms of allergies are non-life-threatening, but for some, their allergy could prove to be fatal.
Seasonal allergies are the immune system's response to pollen grains floating through the air. Our bodies interpret pollen as a health threat, triggering an inflammatory response, raising histamine which leads to itchy skin, teary eyes, or a runny nose.
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, seasonal allergies and asthma impose significant health burdens, with an estimated 10–30% of the global population afflicted by allergic rhinitis (or hay fever) and 300 million people worldwide affected by asthma.
Our immune system is the firewall not only against colds and flu, it goes beyond just protecting us from pathogens. It protects us from toxins, allergens, abnormal cell growth, and other internal balances.
Our immune system should always be in a vigilant state protecting us around the clock. But in return, we should also nourish it throughout the year!
You can achieve this by adopting healthy life choices such as, whole food diet, adequate sleep and hydration, healthy stress management, and supplementing with the proper nutrients and herbs. If you are struggling during the allergy season, you could try including more foods with natural antihistamines.
· Bee pollen
· Salmon and other oily fish
· Citrus fruits
The best solution to prevent seasonal allergy is an allergy shot. It helps your body get used allergens and provides long-term allergy relief. Allergy shot decreases dependence on oral medications, treats the underlying cause of allergies, not just the symptoms, and can treat multiple allergies at once. Allergy shots work for allergies to bee stings, pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander.
If you are going through these symptoms or any type of seasonal allergy, we will be happy to help.
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