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Jay Hargrove
Spring Allergies: Treat Them Naturally

Spring tends to be the most enchanting and refreshing season of the year. However, with these qualities, spring can bring different airborne allergies due to spores and pollen. Agents that cause allergies are known as allergens because they cause problems in the body's immune system leading to itching, stuffy nose, and sneezing.

Pollen allergies can be from two main sources as grass and trees. There are different spring allergy triggers in different regions of the United States because certain regions have different natural growth and higher pollen levels than others.

In March, tree pollen dominates. Grass and weed pollen can increase during the beginning of the spring. In April, the frequency of tree pollen reaches its pinnacle. During May, grass and tree pollen both count for most allergies. And in June, the high intensity and frequency of allergies are due to grass pollen.

The most prevalent symptoms of seasonal allergies are:

  • Swelling of mucous membranes

  • Stuffy or runny nose

  • Sneezing

  • Watery eyes

  • Itchiness and coughing

  • Frequent congestion

  • Skin irritation (in some cases)

It is challenging for parents to care for their kids’ health during seasonal transitions.

The best approaches to avoid and treat seasonal allergies consist of a few main divisions:

1) Prevention:

  • Consider the use of air filters in your homes and indoor environment. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters are the best ones to consider to decrease the exposure to pollen. By trapping these irritants, you can reduce the possible entry of allergens into your home.

  • During the windy and dry days, there is an increased chance of pollen in the air. However, there can be less frequency of pollen in the environment on rainy days. Try to manage your outdoor activities as per the weather forecast to avoid encountering allergens.

2) Interventions:

  • The best interventions for allergies are natural herbs and remedies. Honey is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent that can help relieve the congestion and inflammation of the mucous membranes.

  • Different probiotic foods can also help with the quicker recovery from allergies. Bromelain is a significant substance/enzyme found in pineapples and papayas. It effectively improves breathing because it reduces the swelling of airways and mucous membranes in the body.

  • An organic flower, Petasites hybridus (butterbur), effectively treats itchy eyes, and is a great alternative for antihistamine drugs and medications.

  • Turmeric, vitamin C, Quercetin, and spirulina (blue-green algae) can also serve as the best natural sources for fighting allergens and allergies due to seasonal transitions.

  • Chinese traditional medicine uses acupuncture to treat health conditions such as allergies. Natural remedies such as acupuncture can relieve allergy symptoms such as runny noses, itchy eyes, congested sinuses, and more.

This form of medicine is heavily backed by science. Consider seeing an acupuncture professional to discuss your allergy symptoms.

3) Relieving factors:

Essential oils can be the best products for relieving the symptoms of allergies. A few of the most commonly used essential oils are:

  • Eucalyptus essential oil – antimicrobial properties can be utilized by mixing it in the body wash or bathtub

  • Peppermint essential oil – anti-inflammatory properties for reducing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. It can be directly diffused in the room through diffusers for best use

  • Frankincense essential oil – can be the best help against allergic rhinitis. You can use it by diluting with any carrier oil and then use it through inhalation or apply behind the ears

Seasonal allergies are the most significant causes of pain, stuffiness, congestions, and asthma attacks. People prone to these allergies can take a few steps to prevent their encounter with the allergens. In case of an allergen attack, you can focus on natural remedies and relieving agents to improve the prognosis of the allergies.

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