Every year there will be over 40 million Americans that will suffer from some seasonal allergy or another.
There are a wide variety of allergens that cause these and the top three are mold, mites and pollen.
For those allergy sufferers that have asthma and allergic rhinitis – pollen is the allergen that will directly trigger a reaction the most.
What happens with pollen is that once it enters the nasal passage it will then aggravate the mucus membranes.
Once aggravated they become swollen and irritated making breathing difficult for the allergy sufferer.
Most of the symptoms associated with the inflammation of the nasal passages are watery eyes, runny noses, itchy throats and swollen sinuses.
There are some people who will have a serious reaction. These types of reactions require immediate medical attention.
Here are some tips that will help you cope with your seasonal allergies.
Preventive Tips for Seasonal Allergies
Increasing your intake of essential fatty acids in your diet is one of the best ways to prevent some seasonal allergies.
Fatty acids from flax seed and fish have been seen, in several studies, to help prevent allergic reactions in many people.
Another great preventive is increasing your vitamin C intake. This will help you naturally lower your histamine levels in your blood.
It has been shown that fresh fruits and juices work better than a vitamin supplement.
So make sure that during this time you increase your intake of fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C.
Avoidance is a great way to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms. You can do this by monitoring the pollen levels inside and outside your home.
Your local evening news is a good place to find out what type and how much pollen is going to be in the air the next day.
When you know ahead of time you may be able to minimize your exposure to the pollen by keeping all the doors and windows tightly closed in your home.
Also try changing your plans so you can avoid going out while the pollen levels are high. If you are unable to change your plans try wearing a surgical mask outdoors, it may help for short periods outside.
Also try and avoid lawn work as this will only add to your problems.
When you do need to be outside, once you come back into the house immediately undress and place your clothes into the washer.
Pollen and molds can cling to clothes and your hair so make sure you wash the clothing immediately.
Taking a quick shower will also help you to remove them from your hair and body.
This will help you to minimize the pollen and mold you bring back into your home and help you relieve your allergies.