By Riva Preil
As those of you with seasonal allergies already know, airborn allergies (such as pollen, dander, and dust) often continue to pester those with hypersensitive immune systems through late fall. These as well as other allergens trigger the nasal mast cells to release histamine, which creates an inflammatory response characterized by itching, sneezing, swelling, and production of mucus. Individuals with extremely hypersensitized immune systems may even develop hives or a rash. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the approximate 35 million allergy (or rhinitis) sufferers will be joined by many more in the near future due to climate changes.
So how to fight back when the allergies attack? Fortunately, this question has been addressed by many. Several tried and true methods include oral anti-histamines, nasal sprays, and eyedrops, and one should consult with their medical care provider regarding which choice is best for their needs. Other solutions have been proposed, including natural remedies such as Quercetrin, a natural anti-inflammatory chemical found in tea, onions, grapes, and tomatoes, which blocks the effect of histamine. It is recommended to take 500 mg of Quercetrin 2x/day along with Vitamin C supplementation for best results. And of course, try to avoid environments where allergens abound. In general, trees pollinate in the morning, so wait until the afternoon or evening for your jog in Central Park. But can self-hypnosis help to alleviate symptoms of seasonal allergies? To check out more information about this proposed solution as well as other interesting suggestions, please refer to this article from Prevention magazine.
Let us know your thoughts here at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, and please share with us which method works for YOU!