How to Relieve your Allergies this Spring
If you are an allergy sufferer you will know the debilitating symptoms that often come with the change from winter to spring. Itchy nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and eyes are common symptoms. Along with watery eyes and often clear discharge from the nose. Sounds like a barrel of laughs, huh!
Symptom severity can vary from person to person and some seasons can be worse than others. Seasonal allergies or ‘hay fever’ are caused by pollens which are usually worse in spring, however, grass pollens in autumn can also cause some people grief too.
Pharmaceutical Treatment Options to Reduce Symptom Severity
Several pharmaceutical treatment options exist, which can help to both relieve symptoms as well as act as a prevention if used correctly. These include saline nasal rinses, medicated nasal sprays, antihistamine tablets as well as allergy eye drops for itchy eyes.
Natural Treatment Options to Reduce Symptom Severity
While pharmaceutical products can be very useful in reducing symptoms, especially in acute flare ups, many hay fever sufferers aren’t aware that there are also other natural ways to help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. Below is a list of nutrients that can help to take the edge off your allergic symptoms this spring.
Many people aren’t aware that the humble old vitamin C can actually help to stabalise mast cells (the immune cells which are responsible for allergic reactions), preventing the secretion of histamine.
Not as well known as Vitamin C, but still equally as important, quercetin is a potent antioxidant, found in foods such as apples and onions, which acts as a natural antihistamine in the body, reducing inflammation and allergic symptoms.
As another potent antioxidant, vitamin E helps to reduce the hyperactivity of mast cells implicated in the symptom presentation of allergic rhinitis. One double-blind placebo controlled study found that allergic rhinitis patients supplementing with 80mg per day of vitamin E reported lower nasal symptom scores when compared to the placebo group, making it a useful nutrient for patients suffering from seasonal rhinitis.
Bromelain is actually an enzyme found in pineapples! It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, decreasing mucosal inflammation in the nasal passages and improving breathing. Even more reason to love this delicious, sweet fruit.
Taking nutrients in supplement form is often the best way to reach the correct therapeutic dose for maximum results. It is therefore important to speak with your naturopath or nutritionist about what supplements and dose is right for you. So, if you suffer through spring with allergic symptoms and are curious about ways that you can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms this season, come in store and chat to our knowledgeable staff. Alternatively, you can book a 1:1 consultation with our naturopath who will thoroughly review your health history and symptoms and tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs.
About the Author
Casey is a clinical naturopath and nutritionist and the founder of The Natural Path Health. She has a passion for identifying and treating the root cause of disease to achieve long-lasting health goals with her clients. "I love helping my clients regain their energy and vitality for life."