Many people suffer from allergies, particularly during the spring and fall. A runny nose, sore throat, ear infection, eye irritation, and fatigue are some of the common symptoms. If you know what causes seasonal allergies, you can take action before the symptoms strike. Learn how eating certain foods can help, and if traditional medication hasn’t worked for you, you may try natural remedies to ease your symptoms from seasonal allergies.
When your immune system identifies an airborne substance or allergen as dangerous, it releases histamines and other chemicals into your bloodstream. Those chemicals cause the unpleasant symptoms you get. Common triggers of allergic reactions vary from season to season:
- Trees cause most allergies in the spring. The culprits include birch, cedar, willow, and poplar.
- Grasses and certain weeds cause summer allergies.
- The pollen from ragweed is very common in the fall and causes many people to experience allergic reactions.
- Molds and Fungi can be year round allergens, whether it be indoors or outdoors.
- Most outside allergens are dormant during the winter, so look indoors to factors such as pet dander and dust for the root of your allergies.
Antihistamines are a defense against allergies because they block histamine before it takes effect. Over-the-counter pills and prescription antihistamine medication can cause side effects, such as drowsiness and nausea. Vitamin C, butterbur (a plant abstract from a shrub), bromelain (an enzyme found in pineapples), and probiotics act as natural antihistamines.
Holistic remedies for allergies concentrate on addressing the underlying cause of a condition. Weak systems in the body, such as the immune and digestive systems, can be associated with allergies. Improving these functions naturally can help prevent and treat the symptoms of allergies. Stinging nettles are a natural treatment for seasonal allergies. Consuming nettles in freeze-dried capsules reduces histamine levels in the body. Consuming a nettle tea daily during the pollen and allergy season can alleviate allergy symptoms. The nettles may desensitize the body to allergens and reduce the body’s reaction to allergens over time.
Adding certain foods to your diet can help relieve symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. Some foods help reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Foods high in vitamin C can relieve the irritation of the upper respiratory tract caused by pollen. Sources of vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, and berries. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and also contain lycopene that helps with inflammation. Onions contain quercetin, which acts as a natural antihistamine, and also contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. Ginger can help reduce inflammatory symptoms caused by allergies.
Some herbs can be used to relieve symptoms caused by seasonal allergies. Dong quai can be used as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Gingko, which contains bioflavonoids, also acts as an antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Eyebright and yarrow reduce congestion and secretions. Red clover may help build your body’s resistance to allergies.
Allergies are associated with many functions of the body, including the digestive and immune systems. Natural treatments can improve these systems and alleviate symptoms of allergies. Holistic treatment for allergy in Arlington Heights, IL, has brought relief to people suffering from allergies. A biofeedback system determines what components of your body are stressors. Pressure is applied to the sides of the spine. This minimally invasive procedure puts your body into a relaxation mode. Infrared light therapy can also help allergy sufferers.
Midwest Allergy Relief Centers provides holistic remedies for seasonal allergies. Call (847) 392-7901 to learn more or schedule an appointment at our Arlington Heights, IL, office.