How To Treat Seasonal Allergies

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies

The thought of spring and fall wakes up our poetic soul and we think of having a peaceful stroll in the park or take our dog for a walk or just enjoy the enchanting beauty of nature.

And we say Ah! What a time to be alive? But this poetic spirit goes down the drain for most of us when this “Ah” turns to “Achoo”. And it doesn’t stop here. It is followed by runny nose, watery blood shot eyes, itching throat and so on. You guessed it right, this blog is about how to treat seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are very common but are very confusing for us. The only thing we know about is that it’s caused by pollens. Well yes! But there is so much more to it.

Let’s take a look at what actually are seasonal allergies and how they can turn your pleasant life into a total mess in seconds.

Is It Seasonal Allergy – Hay Fever or Allergic Rhinitis?

It gets very confusing to decide and differentiate between these terms when talking about allergy. But all these terms have the same meaning. They all refer to pollen allergy.

Let’s begin by looking at the culprit behind the seasonal allergies and then we will look at different types of seasonal allergies.

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies

Pollens

First culprit is the pollen. Pollens are very useful in fertilization of plants but could be very dangerous and annoying.

Over 36 million Americans are suffering from seasonal allergy. These small, powder like particles are released by many types of trees in different seasons for reproduction.

They are carried by wind and can travel miles from the parent plant. When we breathe in specific pollens in the air we get allergy reaction.

Immune system

Yes, your own immune system is also involved in this messy situation. It’s actually misinterpretation of immune system that causes an allergic response.

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When a pollen enter your body, your immune system considers this harmless creature as an invader and releases special chemicals called histamines in your blood. The symptoms listed below appear as a result of release of this chemical in the body.

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • A runny nose or stuffy nose
  • Itchy throat
  • Wheezing

Types of Pollen Allergies

How to Treat Seasonal AllergiesNow that culprits are caught, it’s time to understand why allergic reaction in some people are bad during a particular season but the others may be experiencing worst symptoms during the same time.

Pollens from weeds (ragweed, tumbleweed), trees (birch, oak, cedar) and grasses are the main cause of seasonal allergies. You may experience allergic reaction from late spring and summer when grasses release their pollens.

You could also experience these same reactions from late summer to fall when weeds pollinate. Since these trees and weeds grow in different seasons they cause allergies in different seasons.

How To Treat Seasonal Allergies?

So the ugly truth is that once you have developed any type of seasonal allergy it’s really hard to get rid of them. But don’t dwell in despair! From medication to dietary changes there are a lot of option to save you from the misery.

The focus of today’s blog would be the various methods of treating seasonal allergies. Here are the basic three methods that could be helpful.

Lifestyle Change

Before going to medications and remedies, the most important thing that you can do is change your way of living. Just like any other disease or medical condition, seasonal allergies also require change in lifestyle in a precautionary way.

Precaution is always better than taking dozens of medicines and still suffering. Read on to know the most important lifestyle changes that you need to minimize the seasonal allergies.

Say No To Unnecessary Outdoor Visits

How to Treat Seasonal AllergiesStay indoors a much as you can. Avoid going out until it’s absolutely necessary.

It is the most important thing especially when the pollen count is very high or outdoors are dry and windy.

If there are outdoor chores, ask someone else to do them for you. Kill time by playing indoor games. Even if you go out put on a mask to limit exposure.

Use Technology

The spores and pollens are very nasty, tiny creatures that can get indoors with just a little breeze of air. So use a HEPA filter (it’s expensive but not more than your well-being) and a vacuum cleaner to remove all the pollens from your home.

Wash

No matter what you do pollens get stuck in your hair, bedding, and clothes. So, it’s necessary to wash your hands and take a bath regularly to remove pollens from your body. Make a habit of washing your beddings and other washable items once a week.

Say No To Stress

Stress without any doubt, is a real headache and effects almost all parts of our body and life. But the most important thing is that it slows down your immune system.

As reported by The Calm Clinic, stress and anxiety results in the release of stress hormone that reduces the efficiency of your immune system. This makes you more vulnerable to allergic symptoms.

So allergic people should stay calm and cool. It’s not that easy in this world full of hassle but still try things that can calm you down such as meditation, yoga, music etc.

Diet Change

Is it possible to reduce allergy symptoms by changing your diet? Absolutely yes! But only “reduce” not “end”. First of all make good foods choices.

Because there are certain food items that actually exacerbates the allergy, such as dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, nuts and chocolate. Dairy product increase the mucus production that can increase your discomfort by making a stuffy nose even more unbearable.

Alcohol, caffeine, nuts and chocolate contain histamine. During the allergy season it’s better to avoid these items since your body is already producing histamine in abundance. That is the culprit behind all your spring and fall woes.

What should we eat to help in minimizing the signs? It’s easy! Eat foods rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds and antihistamines. They would help in controlling your symptoms. Some of the best choices are listed below:

Vitamin C

Eat plenty of food containing vitamin C since it is known to help in decreasing allergy symptoms. Just don’t stop at limes and oranges, but instead also try tomatoes as well.

Tomatoes not only contain vitamin C but also lycopene. This antioxidant help in reducing inflammation related to allergic reaction in body.

Tea

How to Reduce Seasonal AllergiesTo relieve seasonal allergies try drinking ginger or green tea. They both have tremendous anti-inflammatory effects that can help you in reducing swelling and irritation due to allergic reactions.

Nettle leaf tea is also a very good source of antihistamine. Try mixing dried nettle leaf and peppermint leaf to make a soothing cup of allergy tea.  Just like that elderflower tea is also very helpful.

Spices and Herbs

Add some spice to your food. It not only adds flavor but also makes an excellent allergy relief combo. Try using ginger, garlic, turmeric in your cooked food since they are easy to eat in a ginger and onion for seasoning and garnishing of salads.

Garlic and onion are very beneficial in allergy relief. Garlic is a natural enhancer of immunity in our body. It has plenty of antihistamine compound called quercetin.

The combined effect of antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effect of garlic just works wonders in allergy relief. You can also use onions as they contains quercetin in abundance.

Turmeric is another wonderful spice. It’s not only tasty but also full of health benefits. Curcumin, its active compound, is very effective in inhibiting allergic response and providing relief from congestion and sneezing.

Medication

How can we forget medicines? There is no doubt that lifestyle and dietary changes are very important in managing seasonal allergies. But before starting them, it’s better to get checked by a doctor. There are a lot of options to reduce the symptoms and get relief.

You can use variety of effective antihistamines such as cetirizine or loratadine etc. Nasal saline sprays and nasal corticosteroid sprays are very effective in providing relief from stuffy nose.

Lab Testing

They reduce inflammation and swelling of nasal passages. Cromolyn sodium is another very effective spray that inhibit leukotrienes and histamine release in the body. The overall symptoms of allergies are significantly reduced.

Medications do not work for all. Immunotherapy is another excellent option for some. Just be aware that it may take some time to see results. Some people do not get relief until 1 -2 years of starting immunotherapy.

Before starting any of the methods I urge you to see a doctor’s professional opinion so that you are educated on what may possibly work best for you.

Try the natural remedies and other methods listed above. Share your experience in the comments below. Also feel free to recommend any methods of treating seasonal allergies that have worked best for you that I may have not mentioned here. Be Well!

36 Comments

  1. Woww! This is amazing. I have never thought that making changes to my diet could help with my allergic reactions. I love taking chocolate a lot. I did not know it could ever be contributing to my issues. Thank you so much for this eye-opening post.

    • Hi Dammy,

      I appreciate you stopping by today. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Yes you really have to be careful what you put in your body and especially be mindful of how your body reacts.

      Many things can contribute to allergies and I hope this article enlightened you on some of those. Thanks for your valued input on this topic. Hope to see you visit again soon. Be Well!

  2. This is really an eye-opening post, and I’m sharing it right away. However, could you pls suggest some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods you think can help me get over my spring woes.
    That will go a long way to help.
    Thanks

    • Hi Gabriela,

      Thank you for visiting today. I am glad you enjoyed this article. I can definitely help you with suggesting some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods. Look for it coming your way today via email. Be Well!

  3. Hey, thank you for sharing this, i have seasonal allergy, and it was alot i did not know here, most of the things here i did not know. i might get that air filter. and will try to eat better. thank you 🙂

    • Hi Simon,

      Thank you for visiting. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Allergies can be very hard to deal with not to mention how miserable it makes you feel. I appreciate you providing your input today. Hope to see you again. Be Well!

  4. Hi Nate,

    Great article, I suffer quite badly from Hayefever every year. I had no idea that your diet and reducing your stress levels can help reduce the effects of hayfever. I have heard that having additional vitamin C can help, so I’ll certainly be trying that and including some extra garlic to see how I get on!

    • Hi Nate,

      Thanks for stopping by. I am sorry to hear you suffer from allergies. I am glad you have found out about how diet and even stress can have an affect on your allergies. Vitamin C is definitely something that can help. I am glad you mentioned that. I appreciate your awesome input on this topic. Be Well!

  5. Thank you I didn’t know there was a lot of stuff to do with Allergies that could of help with a lot of issues of mine and thank you for this help.

    • Hi Joyce,

      I appreciate you stopping by today. Yes there is definitely a lot of factors that play into allergies and how they react with your body. I am glad I was able to enlighten you on this topic today. Be Well!

  6. HEPA filter walks really well for me. Before now, I suffer bouts of reactions from allergies. It helps take care of pollen issues in my home and I don’t have to bother myself about that again. For anyone also having issues with pollen associated allergies, I will recommend they invest in the filter.

    • Hi Lilian,

      Thank you for visiting. I am glad you find the HEPA filter useful. I continue to here people I know rave about it. I am glad you offered your recommendation here as well. Thanks for your valuable input on this topic. Be Well!

  7. My sister experiences a lot of sneezing during the fall. Now I know what might be responsible for that. I’m sure sharing this with her right away. I know she will really appreciate it. You need to know how happy I am finding this post.

    • Hi Michelle,

      I thank you for stopping by today. There are so many of us that have problems with allergies. I would appreciate you sharing what you have learned here. The more we can benefit the better. I hope to see you again here soon. Be Well!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for visiting. I am glad to see you here and more so that you have learned something today about seasonal allergies. Hope to see you back again soon. Be Well!

  8. Yes. Stress is a major factor that contributes to seasonal allergy. When you identify the season that readily triggers your allergic reactions. You need to make sure you keep stress at the barest minimum. It took me several years of taking pills and lots of vitamin C before I came to realize that.

    • Hi Johnny,

      Thank you for visiting. You are absolutely correct about stress. I have learned it is a huge determining factor. Society quickly pushes us to lotions and potions but I am an advocate of taking all other measures first.

      I appreciate the value you added to this topic today. Your perspective and experiences will definitely help others. I hope to see you here visiting again soon. Be Well!

  9. Thank you for this informative piece. However, pls I want to know if using a nose or face mask could help me prevent picking up pollens when I walk through the garden.
    Thanks

    • Hi Pearl,

      Thanks for stopping by today. There are some decent face masks out there and I know some who recommend them. Let me do some research on a few options and I will email you. This may also be a great article topic. Thanks for your question and Be Well!

  10. I’m a seasonaly allergic person. My problem is normally with dust and mold. I learnt a lot from your blog butespecially I never knew that it was possible to reduce allergy symptoms by changing your diet. This is great news for me. I usually get affected by itchy throat and cough. I never seek medication. Maybe I should take your advice to do so.

    Thank you for this post.

    • Hi Akoli,

      Thanks for visiting today. I can definitely understand the pains of dealing with allergies. Your symptoms are so very familiar. I hope some of the options I have mentioned here can be of use to you.

      I appreciate your valuable input on this topic as I know it will be of help to others who visit. I hope to see you back here again soon. Be Well!

  11. Very informative post! Who would have known that your health habits could effect allergies, but I guess your lifestyle has to do with a lot of health issues and sicknesses. I live in the state of Georgia and have become very familiar with pollen! Thanks for the great information.

    • Hi Paul,

      I appreciate your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed it. Yep, health habits definitely can play a factor in allergies. That is why most always relate lifestyle changes to health.

      I have friends in Georgia and speak to them often as they are in the same health field as myself. Once suffers from allergies quite frequently, so I am so aware of what you mean. I appreciate the value you added here today on this topic. Be Well and hope to see you again soon!

  12. Very good article! A change in diet helps indeed. I eat a lot of vegetables and have a good vitamin C intake, and it reduced my pollen allergy. I find that a spoonful of coconut oil in the morning has also helped me, but perhaps that’s only me 😉
    Too bad about the chocolate, I love chocolate … I think I’ll keep on eating that. If I have strong allergic reactions to pollen again I’ll take a chocolate break 😉 Hopefully it helps to keep the ah moment from going to achu 😉

    • Hi Christine,

      Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your kind words. I am stoked to hear about your vitamin C – Very important indeed! Of course all bodies are different but I am very curious about the coconut.

      Yes chocolate is soooo good, right? But sometimes the things that are so yummy can be a bit on the bad side for our bodies, especially if not consumed in moderation. I appreciate your awesome input on this topic. You have already given me a new idea for another article 🙂 Be Well and I hope to see you again soon!

  13. I must confess that you have great contents here. I have read two of your blogs. And I wasn’t disappointed with any of them. I’m bookmarking this site right away. Or better still, you can provide me a means of subscribing to the blog.

    • Hi Lady Grasha,

      Great name! I thank you for stopping by and also your kind words about this article. I will be opening my blog up soon to subscriptions. Right now I have been focused on providing as much value as I can regarding my passion of a healthy lifestyle. I hope to see you visit here again soon. Be Well!

  14. So that means if I am able to help my immune system by probably eating healthy and immune-supporting foods, I might indirectly be helping myself against seasonal allergies. Awesome!

    • Hi Divine,

      Thanks for visiting. Eating healthy is necessary for a great immune system. Many do not realize the importance of it but it is vital to your overall health and a strong immune system. I appreciate your thoughts on this topic. Be Well!

  15. I love this. Comprehensive and informative. It is just what a layman like me needs. Lol

    • Hi Bob,

      I am glad I was able to put this in terms that is easy for a normal person to understand. Even though it is medically related, I strive not to make it too technical so as to ensure anyone can gain some understanding from it.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this article today. I hope to see you here again soon. I appreciate your input on this topic. Be Well!

  16. I enjoyed this. But I want to ask if seasonal allergies are hereditary in any way. Pls what’s your take on that?

    • Hi Philberta,

      Thank you for visiting. Allergies can definitely be hereditary and passed down through genes from the parents to their children. The exact allergy is not actually passed down though, what is passed down is the tendency to have allergies.

      Thank you for your comment today. I hope to see you again here soon. Be Well!

  17. Hi Nate, and thanks for this awesome post!
    I’ve suffered from allergies all my life, and unfortunately, they are worse in spring and fall.
    I had no idea about the foods we eat making it worse. I always said to avoid dairy when you’re sick due to the added mucus, but not for allergies, lol.
    Dairy, alcohol, caffeine, nuts and chocolate? Wow, some of my favourites…
    This was very enlightening, thank you,
    Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne,

      Thanks for visiting. I am sorry you have suffered from allergies. I am glad you found this article useful and hopefully some of the suggestions here fit into your lifestyle and you can implement them to limit your allergies. Hope to see you visit again soon. Be Well!

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