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Spring Allergies and Pregnancy 0

 

When you're pregnant, it’s natural to be extra cautious and protective of your body since you’re carrying a child. So most women are a bit tense when they get hives during pregnancy, or severe pollen allergies especially now that it's allergy season.

Fortunately, there are some myths about spring allergy that will ease pregnant women and there are tips they can follow to make sure that they won’t develop any complications that could affect the babies in their wombs.

Spread the Love, Not the Allergens 0

There will be millions of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers to be exchanged on Valentine’s day. This holiday may be sweet for some, but for those who suffer from allergies, it can be a little sour. 

Start the Year Right with these Allergy Resolutions 0

January is the month to make New Year resolutions with hopes that this year is the best one yet. If you are suffering from skin allergies, a few changes to your routine, whether big or small, could make a difference in preventing your symptoms in the New Year.

10 Ways To Fight Fall Allergies Naturally 0

As the golden rays of the summer sun fade out, and autumn begins to usher in, so do the signs and symptoms of fall allergies. Nasal congestion, sinus pain, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes and nose often signal the harvest for the unlucky 26 million Americans who suffer from fall allergies.

The biggest fall allergy triggers are ragweed, mold, and dust mites. Ragweed usually starts to release pollen on cool nights and warm days in August until October. Around three-fourths of people that are allergic to spring plants also get reaction to ragweed. Molds, on the other hand, grow in your basement or bathroom, or in areas where there is moisture. You would think they are only found indoors, but mold spores also love wet spots outdoors. Piles of damp leaves are breeding grounds for mold. Lastly, though dust mites are common during the humid summer season, they can also get stirred into the air when you first use your heater in the fall.

The good news is that many natural allergy remedies work more effectively than over-the-counter drugs to combat ragweed and other allergen particles.

1.  Fill up on butterbur

A German research revealed that sesquiterpenes, a form of hydrocarbon found in essential oils, in butterbur, an herbaceous perennial plant, possess anti-inflammatory qualities. It contains substances that relieve spasms and decrease swelling. It is also positively effective in combating hay fever caused by grass pollen. Evidence indicates that this extract may be as effective as 10 mg per day of cetirizine or 180 mg per day of fexofenadine.

2. Eat more spicy food

Chillies are one of the most popular all-natural remedies. Foods with a naturally spicy kick like jalapeño and chili peppers are recommended for their ability to clear the sinuses. Naturally spicy foods are often able to clear the sinus airways when high pollen counts cause congestion and sinus pain.

3. Scrub your eyelids

It is important to clean your outer eye as the eyelashes are where the pollen tends to accumulate during high-level pollen days. You may use a mild, hypoallergenic baby shampoo to thoroughly wash your eye lashes and lids more than a few times a day. This will help to drastically lessen red, itchy, swollen, irritated eyes.

4. Change your linens regularly

Are your allergy symptoms more severe at night? Or do you feel more congested when you get up in the morning? When this happens, you might be taking pollen to bed with you. It is recommended to shower before you hit the sack or change your pillow cover frequently through the week to avoid morning allergy flare-ups.

5. Stinging nettle

You can purchase over-the-counter antihistamine medication at your local pharmacy, but stinging nettle or common nettle is a natural antihistamine without the nasty side effects of most drugs like dry mouth, difficulty in peeing, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, and lethargy. This plant has a long history of use as a source of medicine, food, and fiber. Stinging nettle can be purchased in freeze-dried capsule form or brew it in a tea.

6. Eat plain yogurt

According to nutritionists, plain yogurt has the ability to get rid of allergy symptoms due to the friendly bacteria and anti-inflammatory proteins it contains. Try adding one cup of unsweetened yogurt to your morning breakfast or mid-afternoon snack break to combat sinus congestion.

7. Eat onions

Onions contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin. It minimizes the occurrence of itchy, watery eyes, hay fever, and asthma. Quercetin has also been proven effective for asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and flu. It is recommended to be taken along with vitamin C in doses of 2 grams a day for the best possible results.

8. Take more vitamin C

Allergens can cause certain cells in the body to abnormally produce histamine as an immune response to a perceived threat that would otherwise be harmless to the body. These allergies are common seasonal complaints like tearing, excess mucus and a runny nose. Increasing your daily vitamin C intake prevents the formation of histamine compared to the typical over-the-counter alternative, which works by interfering with the histamine after it has been produced. For optimal results, better take it with bioflavonoids throughout the day, for about 2,000 mg per day for immune support.

9. Drink rooibos tea

Rooibos tea is very commonly used as treatment for chronic headaches, asthma, allergies, and eczema. It is absolutely caffeine-free and has low tannin content. You can drink the beverage all day long without any possible side effects. It also helps boost the immune system by increasing your body’s antioxidants. It breaks up immunoglobulin E, a potent allergy trigger.

10. Neti pots

Many with sinus symptoms from allergies and seasonal irritants use the Neti pot as it mitigates congestion, and facial pain and pressure. The basic mechanism of the Neti pot is that it thins out mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages. Neti pots are small vessels used to clear the sinus’ pathways.

If you suffer from fall allergies, don't be anxious about autumn's arrival. Knowing how to reduce your exposure to your known allergens can make all the difference.

10 Tips to Help You Survive Allergy Season 0

The allergy season can be very annoying and uncomfortable. This is the time of the year when everyone must be extra cautious while outdoors. Otherwise, you may experience sneezing, coughing, congestion, irritated throat, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergy attacks, or even worse, asthma.

The best way to prevent allergic reactions is to start an allergy prevention regimen even before the season starts. This is clearly more effective for people who are prone to allergies in order to minimize the possibility of experiencing a full blown allergy attack.

The number of cases for seasonal allergies has been on the rise due to ever changing and worsening weather conditions. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have stated that the prevalence of allergic rhinitis has marked up extensively over the past 15 years. The Institute has also added that 10-16% of adults in the United States have allergies.

Climate change is one of the probable reasons why the number of allergy cases has increased. Lewis Ziska of the US Department of Agriculture has reported that “Rising carbon dioxide levels allow things like ragweed, fungal spores, and poison ivy to thrive.” Other causes for high levels of allergens in the environment are greenhouse gases, over cultivation of plants, rise in worldwide temperatures and also a high amount of precipitation.” All these factors can cause seasonal and mold allergies which can be deadly for some people.

How to Cope with Allergy Distress

The first and most important factor you need to do is to determine if you are really experiencing an allergic attack. The sudden change of temperature can also be the culprit which makes it hard to distinguish an allergic reaction from a virus effect or even a simple cold. You need to differentiate various symptoms especially if they are overlapping.

Common Symptoms of Allergy Attacks

For people who may have never experienced an allergy attack; here are the usual symptoms to watch out for:

  •         congestion has lasted for more than 2 weeks
  •         mucus is thin and clear
  •         nose, eyes and top of the mouth itches

Tips to Survive the Allergy Season 

Allergy attacks can be very debilitating especially when you have a lot of work to do. So here are 10 tips which can help you survive the grueling allergy season:

  1. Keep all your allergy medication within reach. Make sure you have antihistamines ready, specially when you go out. If your allergy worsens, head over a drugstore for relief. If these drugs do not work, the best solution is to see a doctor who can prescribe medications that will effectively treat the problem.
  2. Try the salt water treatment if you do not like conventional medicines. Use a saline nasal rinse using spray or neti pot. This can clear allergens from your nasal membranes which can lessen the symptoms of allergy. If you have a scratchy throat, you can gargle with salt water as well.
  3. Wear a mask when spending time outdoors. A good surgical mask can be your best defense against allergen attacks. Look for masks which are marked N95 which means that the item has passed the standards and can filter out 95% of particles as directed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
  4. Wear a hat and keep pollen from landing on your head. Wide brimmed hats are perfect for this purpose since they will not only protect you from allergens but also from the heat of the sun.
  5. Watch the pollen count by checking out AAAAI.org/NAB for pollen and mold levels in your area. This can help you track the level of pollen and molds so you can plot your outdoor schedule ahead of time.
  6. Perform your exercises indoors, for the mean time that is. When pollen counts are high, you are more likely to experience an allergy attack so it is best to perform exercise routines inside your home. Keep in mind that pollen tends to be high during mid to late afternoon.
  7. Recommended air conditioner units should be one which features a high-efficiency filter so it can protect your home from pollen.
  8. Keep an allergy kit at home. This must contain your medications and other products that offer quick relief.
  9. Keep allergens out of the home by vacuuming at least twice a week. Maintain a clean house and always keep the windows closed.
  10. For long term relief and solution, request for an allergy injection which can only be prescribed by a specialist.

Above all, never play a doctor’s role. While general information are readily available online, it is still recommended to consult a physician for expert opinion.

 

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