All of the blooming trees, flowers and other plants that make Spring such a beautiful time of year actually come with a very unwanted side effect for a number of people.
Seasonal allergies affect approximately 40 million Americans in severity ranging from mildly annoying to severely debilitating. According to John Sheffield, a Physician Assistant Studies instructor at South University in Savannah, GA, “Spring tends to be unique as, in most places, it is when a wide variety of plants begin to pollinate. It is these pollens that become the allergens.” Dust and mold can also contribute to seasonal allergies.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to manage allergies, sometimes even without medication.
Herbal remedies can be effective. Butterbur (Petasites hybridus), for example, has been shown to be just as effective as popular antihistamines in treating the symptoms of hay fever. Also topping the list of herbs for allergies, according to WebMD, are nettles and goldenseal.
While the pollen is flying, wear a hat and wash your hair everyday to rinse it out.
Saline nasal sprays are another effective natural option for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Mary Hardy, MD, director of integrative medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles explains, “”The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous.”
Making your home a haven from allergens starts at the door. Don’t forget to wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat to destroy microbes on contact and trap allergens.
As frustrating as seasonal allergies can be, learning to manage them is key to feeling your best. Keep a record of when your allergies are worst and the plants that trigger symptoms to come up with a plan that works for you.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!