Another Bad Allergy Season Is Here

Experts say that last winter’s snowfall is causing trees and grasses to erupt with very high pollen levels. This year’s pollen forecasts are also high in the southern parts of the country.

Pollen and other airborne allergens cause cells in the immune system to release histamines. Those histamines trigger everything from itchy eyes and throat to a runny nose. By the time most people seek help, they’re miserable from a full-blown allergy attack, and vasoconstrictor eye drops and antihistamines (with all their many side effects) may be their only options. From eye drops that sting to pills that give you “medicine head,” these solutions may not be pleasant.

There are many ways you can cut your exposure to allergens and even tame the body’s allergic responses.

How to enjoy more freedom from allergy symptoms 

  • Understand that allergens are everywhere!

    It’s a common misconception that allergens are seasonal and only encountered outdoors. Your indoor air (home, car, and office) is often more polluted. Plus, even if you don’t see yellow dust, microscopic outdoor allergens can cling to your hair and clothing. You may be carrying them with you throughout your day.

  • Wear sunglasses and a hat.

    These will help keep allergens from getting into your eyes and clinging to your hair.

sunglasses and a hat

  • Remove outdoor allergens once you come home.

    Change your clothes. Wash your hair. Put your pillow and pillow case in the dryer. Otherwise, you’ll be sleeping in the pollen to which you were exposed outside.

  • Give your nose and eyes some natural support.

    Cleansing your nasal passages with a neti pot is a safe and natural way to help your body’s natural mechanism for clearing your sinuses of bacteria and allergens. Another decades-old homeopathic solution is Similasan Allergy Eye Relief, which is used for red, itchy, watery eyes. Because it contains only natural active ingredients (no dyes, chemical vasoconstrictors, decongestants or steroids) these drops can be used regularly. Moreover, they help to activate your body’s own defense mechanisms to address the underlying problem.

  • Clean your indoor air.

    Change your home’s filter every three months, and always use a HEPA filter. If you miss being able to open your windows to let in fresh air, replace your traditional window screens with ones that filter as much as 50% more pollen.

  • Replace your vehicle’s dirty cabin air filter.

    These filters trap pollen, dust and other airborne particles. They typically need to be replaced every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. But if you drive on dirt roads, you may want to replace yours more frequently.

  • Exercise indoors on heavy allergen/smog days.

    Nearly every city or market has a weather network or allergy association that monitors the pollen and smog indexes. Find a source you like and get in the habit of checking it before you start your day.

Allergies don’t have to be a no-win battle. The key is to change your behavior before symptoms become severe. That way, you can help your body respond more effectively when it is exposed to allergens and finally enjoy all the good things that the season has to offer.

Known as a leading alternative health expert, Bryce Wylde is a highly knowledgeable and respected natural healthcare clinician whose specialty is homeopathy, clinical nutrition, supplementation, and botanical medicine and whose focus is routed within functional medicine. Bryce holds a Bachelor of Science honors degree in Biology and Psychology and a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

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