Are Seasonal Allergies Making You Miserable?

Kristie A. Raburn By Kristie A. Raburn, 10th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/kval4u88/
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Ah, the magic of summer! Do you hesitate to go outside on windy days due to seasonal allergies? Symptoms of seasonal allergies can include: sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red eyes. For easy home remedies for seasonal allergies, look no further than your kitchen.

Allergens In Your Air or In Your Food?

More than 30 million Americans each year deal with seasonal allergies as pollen from trees, grass, flowers, and plants makes its way into the air. But just as nature can wreck havoc with your allergies, nature can also relieve some of your symptoms.

You Are What You Eat

First, make sure you are not your own worst enemy. Are you causing your own allergies? Many seasonal allergies are brought on by eating certain foods, such as melon, banana, cucumber, sunflower seeds, chamomile, nuts, and any herbal supplements containing “Echinacea”. If you have sensitivity to ragweed or tree pollen, you may also be allergic to apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, hazelnuts, carrots, celery, and kiwis. Try removing these items from your diet for two weeks and see if your allergy symptoms fade away.

Simple Ideas To Feel Better

Some simple home treatments for allergy symptoms include drinking hot beverages, eating spicy foods, saline washes and moist heat treatments.

Make a hot cup of tea: freeze dried nettles and goldenseal (the goldenseal has astringent and local antibacterial properties which can aid in this process) steeped in a pot of hot water can relieve many symptoms.

Try placing a clean, warm wet wash cloth over your nose and breathing in deeply. The warm moist air can relieve nasal symptoms and help relieve the itching sensations by removing any irritants caught in your nose.

Wash your nose. Using a saline/salt water nasal spray in each nostril can alleviate nasal allergies by washing out the nasal hairs and removing pollen. To make a home saline, mix one-fourth teaspoon of kosher salt in one cup of filtered water and stir until the salt dissolves. Put the mixture in a squeeze bottle and spray each nostril until it is clear. You can also use baking soda instead of kosher salt.

If your throat is itchy, gargle with a one cup warm salt water or baking soda solution. The saline solution works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous.

For additional nasal and itchy throat relief, cook up a hot, spicy dish using cayenne pepper, hot ginger, and fenugreek, as well as the traditional onion and garlic. Spicier dishes cause the body to thin mucous, which in turn can clear those swollen nasal passages. A bit of Tabasco in a bowl of hot chicken broth can work wonders!

Don't Forget About Your Eyes

For eye relief, rinse your eyes with clean distilled water or an over-the-count eye wash. Though there are several allergy eye drops available, all you may need is a simple eye wash, without chemicals. To make your own eye wash solution, boil one cup of distilled water with one teaspoon of kosher salt. Let cool to room temperature and use to rinse the eye. Do not use tap water. It has contaminates from the pipes and wherever, which can further irritate your eye.

However, if your eye is very pink or has lots of red lines, check with your eye doctor to make sure it is not Pink Eye or some other contagious eye disease.

Beyond Home Treatments

You may also find significant relief visiting an acupuncturist. Acupuncture in key areas of the body is thought to affect the immune system, where allergic reactions begin. The idea is that stimulating points outside the body can change or initiate reactions inside the body.

Keep in mind, if your symptoms include any of the following: fever, chills, discolored nasal drainage, or a lot of facial pain, it may not be allergies, but some type of infection. Visit your medical professional if fever and chills, pink and swollen gunk-filled eyes, green or yellow nasal discharge or severe facial pain is part of your symptoms. You may need an antibiotic to fight a nasal or throat infection.

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Allergies, Allergy, Allergy Prevention, Allergy Symptoms, Allergy Treatment, Health, Natural Relief

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author avatar Kristie A. Raburn
Poet, short story and technical writer who is also a collector of wonderful cookbooks. Currently working on book ideas with poetry and cryptographs in mind.

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author avatar chitralakshmi
10th Jun 2015 (#)

wow, thanks for the article this might help me.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
11th Jun 2015 (#)

Kristie, great article
and useful information. I know so many people that are suffering this year. There must be something in the air. Smiles to you this morning.

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