Posted by Denise on 08 29th, 2009 | 94 responses

Allergies – Hay Fever

The most common causes of hay fever in spring are tree pollens. Later in spring grass pollens are typically to blame. In autumn, weed pollens spur many allergic reactions.

How the Body Fights Back

Should you come in contact with an allergen, your body regards it as a foreign object. The immune system launches an all-out attack to get rid of it. During this offensive, certain chemicals, histamine, leukotrienes and prostaglandin D2 are released. These and the accompanying nasal inflammation are responsible for the congestion, runny nose and eyes, sneezing, sniffling and itching in the nose, throat, eyes and ears.

Traditional Treatments

  • Avoid outdoor activities between 5 am & 10 am
  • Shower & change clothes after being outdoors
  • Close windows & doors, use air conditioning in house & car
  • Anti-histamines & decongestants are mainstays of seasonal allergy treatment
  • Avoid allergy triggers (Don’t take anti-histamines if you have glaucoma, persistent cough or an enlarged prostate. Don’t take decongestants if you have heart or thyroid disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or an enlarged prostate. In each case, consult a physician.)
  • Don’t use over-the counter nasal sprays for more than five days
  • Start using a steroid nasal spray one or two weeks prior to allergy season
  • Allergy shots are an option
  • Supplements such as alfalfa are an option.

Hope this helps with your allergies. Come back again soon. Comments are appreciated. Thanks, Denise



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