The springtime misery of seasonal allergies – allergic rhinitis or hay fever - affects about 20% of the population. Pollen from grass, trees and flowers provide the insult. It’s common for people to recommend the use of various antihistamines to reduce the common symptoms of sneezing, coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, and itching in the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. However, anti-histamines do not influence the underlying allergic mechanism but merely blocks its expression. Steroid based nasal inhalers can only be safely used for short periods.
A broader range of treatment options to draw upon would be desirable. What other arrows are in the treatment quiver?
In Europe, butterbur root
The sun is shining outside your window, the warmth of spring envelops you as the last of winter melts away. You step outside to bask in the glory of it all, only... your eyes begin to water, and you’re aware of the little tickle in your nose that becomes a full-on sneeze. Your nose then starts dripping like a faucet. Lo and behold, you’re a sufferer of seasonal allergies. These symptoms characterize the all too familiar triad of allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as seasonal allergies. Fortunately, a wide breadth of natural remedies exist to prevent symptoms from manifesting or reduce the severity of symptoms during pollen season.
Quercetin, a flavonoid found most abundant in onions, is an antioxidant that is often used
Vitamin D – 3000 to 5,000 IU daily for most adults is safe and effective for the prevention of flus and colds. No other supplemented nutrient has been as extensively studied as vitamin D. If you are low in vitamin D, fewer Natural Killer cells (NK-cells) are formed, and your innate immune defenses against viruses and bacteria become impaired.
Chances are good that if every allergy season your sinuses and tear ducts open up like Niagara Falls, then this year will be no different. Allergy season can be debilitating, and unfortunately for you and I, this means sneezing, runny nose, red swollen itchy eyes, and a general sense of discomfort for the better part of a summer. If you’re like me and don’t appreciate how groggy and foggy even the most “non-drowsy” anti-histamines make you feel, then consider taking an alternate approach this season.
Allergies tend to affect us when immune cells, originally designed to protect us, become too reactive to things like pollens,