Spring is in the air, and while most of us are embracing the warmer weather and the beautiful outdoors, those who are more sensitive to the changing elements are sniffling and sneezing throughout the season. But what exactly are seasonal allergies, and what are some natural remedies to help combat discomfort?
1 There is no fever associated with seasonal allergies
Some people may refer to allergies as ‘hay fever, but seasonal allergies do not produce a fever in the body. Allergies to pollen in the air are what causes your body to react, but hay itself does not produce these allergens.
2 Seasonal allergies affect over 50% of Americans
Seasonal allergies are widespread, and over half of the American population experiences allergic reactions to pollen, ragweed, mold, and grass.
3 Seasonal allergies are not the same as a cold
Seasonal allergies are caused by a reaction to pollen or dander, but a virus triggers a cold. Allergy symptoms include itchy eyes or nasal irritation, whereas a cold can come with a sore throat, a dry cough or even a headache.
4 Stress doesn’t cause allergies, but it can exacerbate them
Because allergies, such as pollen, dust, and dander, trigger your body’s immune system, external stress can worsen the problem. Over time, stress and anxiety weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to allergic reactions and can intensify symptoms.
5 Seasonal allergies occur during specific times of the year
Allergies tend to reflect what is happening outside, such as during pollen season from mid-March to mid-June. If you suffer from fungi or ragweed allergies you may be more prone to symptoms from late summer until autumn.
Keep your house clean.
Through regular cleaning and dusting, you can help keep dander and other allergens at bay. Also, keeping your window closed may help keep airborne pollen from entering your home.
Try essential oils.
By adding a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to a diffuser, you can reduce symptoms by detoxifying the body and boosting your immune system.
Use a nasal rinse
A natural saline rinse can help to remove excess mucus from your nasal passages and wash away bacteria. Try adding some natural salt crystals to warm water and rinsing your nose with a Neti pot.
Reduce your stress
Take time to breathe and center yourself through practices such as yoga and meditation. Reducing stress will allow your immune system to work at its optimum level.
Hydration is essential regardless, but drinking lots of water can help allergy sufferers to detoxify their bodies. Herbal teas can also help to relieve symptoms and provide soothing relief.
Seasonal allergies are as common as they are misunderstood, but you can reduce your attacks and symptoms by learning about the five facts associated with seasonal allergies. You can also try many natural remedies as an alternative to prescription medication.