It is the season of allergies as flowers begin to bloom and nature awakens after a long winter’s rest. Unfortunately, the body triggers an immune system response to combat some of the environmental stressors lurking in the air.
The tendency is to run to pharmacist and relinquish control to an OTC remedy, but overstressing the body’s natural forces is counterproductive in the pursuit of an allergy-free life.
Allergy symptoms may vary to include stuffy noses and runny noses, mucous production, coughing, burning, itchy red eyes, and headache. Some may even vomit.
Once the body recognizes the allergen, usually as a result of something within the environment, it produces an Allergic Reaction, which stimulates the various symptoms. The histamines the body produces counteract the allergen, but not necessarily before the symptoms occur. The following guide should help those who are vulnerable to manage the allergies that plague them this time of the year.
– when allergens are breathed in, they trigger coughing, stuffy nose, mucus and the like. Driving with the windows up, reducing the use of fans around the house, and changing filters regularly can greatly enhance the air quality of the surrounding environment. Facilitating a clean environment can lead to reduced allergic reaction.
– when a runny nose is part of life, a neti pot can be of great asset. Neti pots use heated water with a little pot, which can be found in any drug store. With the nozzle of the neti, one pours warm water into one nostril, which then forces water through the other side freeing the sinus cavity.
– When sinus cavities are congested, the best possible relief from inflammation of the cavities as an ice pack. Never use heat on the sinus as it brings more blood to the area, creating more problems. Cold, on the other side, takes the inflammation away from the area known as vasoconstriction.
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