Seasonal Allergy Treatment and Prevention
Allergy season is here! With sunnier days (maybe?) and warmer weather come Spring blossoms and higher pollen counts. For many of us, this is a beautiful time of year and we welcome it after the dreary winter months, but for allergy-sufferers, Spring can mean congestion, hives, itchy eyes and sneezing.
There are many allergy treatments on the market, and the conventional medications are typically aimed at symptom control rather than treating the cause of allergies. Some antihistamines can make you drowsy or jittery, and many allergy medications lead to rebound symptoms when you come off them.
Want to know how to treat and prevent your allergies naturally without unpleasant side effects? Read about some of your options below.
Seasonal Allergy Treatment:
Quercetin is a bioflavanoid found in higher amounts in apples and onions. Supplementing with quercetin during allergy season reduces histamine release from mast cells. Lowering histamine levels reduces the severity of allergy symptoms such as hives, red eyes, itchy nose, allergic asthma, and sneezing.
Vitamin C is a great adjunct to quercetin, and also prevents histamine release.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that support the health of your immune system. Restoring good bacterial balance in your body keeps your immune system in balance and less likely to react to allergens.
Vitamin D3 is essential for immune health. Studies have shown a connection between both environmental and food allergies and Vitamin D deficiency, especially among children. Vitamin D deficiency is also implicated in other immune system disorders, including autoimmune diseases (ex. Multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis) and cancer.
NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) breaks up mucus in cases of chronic congestion, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis and asthma. NAC is used as a safe and effective decongestant in allergy sufferers.
Citricidal Nasal Spray is a mixture of grapefruit seed extract and saline. Grapefruit seed extract is a potent antifungal that kills yeast and mold. Saline flushes out the nasal passages and sinuses. This nasal spray is most effective for those with mold allergies, exposure to mold in the household or environment (raking leaves, gardening), and those with chronic fungal/yeast sinusitis.
Oculoheel Eye Drops reduce eye itching, redness, and irritation associated with seasonal and environmental allergies.
For safe dosing instructions for adults and children, and for choosing the right treatment program for you, please consult with your ND before starting any supplements.
Seasonal Allergy Prevention:
Allergy prevention is best started in the months leading up to allergy season to prepare the immune system for Spring.
Identify your allergens first by visiting an allergist for skin prick testing. This testing will identify which allergens are triggering your immune system and producing an immediate hypersensitivity response. Knowing whether you are allergic to mold, dust, pollens, grasses, or pet dander can help you allergy-proof your home, and choose an appropriate treatment program.
Identify any food sensitivities. This type of testing is done through your ND and will determine if any foods you are eating are causing your immune system to be hyper-reactive. Dairy products are a common trigger for seasonal allergies, asthma, and recurring ear infections. Eliminating these foods from your diet for several months will allow your immune system to calm down and be less reactive to other potential allergens in your environment.
Identify any chronic infections. Chronic infections are an insidious source of immune system hyper-reactivity. Common infections include tooth or jaw abscesses, and yeast (Candida albicans) in the digestive tract, vagina, or sinuses. Yeast can be tested for as part of the food sensitivity panel (above). Treating and eradicating a chronic infection will take a significant burden off the immune system.
Allergy-proof your home. Although avoiding all allergens is nearly impossible, you can take several easy steps to keep allergens in your home to a minimum.
- Remove carpet from your home if possible or use a HEPA filter vacuum
- Use a HEPA filter in your bedroom to filter allergens out of the air
- Keep windows closed when pollen counts are high (especially hot, dry, or windy days)
- Change your pillow every 2 years minimum
- Check your house for areas of water damage and mold (shower/tub, window sills, walls, ceiling, under carpets)
- Choose a bright living space above ground level
- Get your allergies under control naturally so you don’t have to give up your furry friend!