My allergies are horrible!
What can I do?
Seasonal allergies, sometimes known as “hayfever,” affect about 1 in 5 people, especially those who have family members with allergies. I recently heard a colleague describe the immune system as your body’s security guard. We want that security guard to shoot burglars. But when the security guard shoots the mail-person, that’s akin to allergies. The immune system is over-responding to something normally found in the environment. (If that security guard starts shooting the pets or the kids, then that’s akin to autoimmune disease.)
In people with allergies, airborne particles (specific allergens from pollen, grasses, weeds, or dander) trigger an immune response that results in a variety of symptoms that are an attempt by the body to wash out the offending agent. These symptoms can include but are not limited to: itchy and watery eyes, itchy and runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness. These symptoms can sometimes interfere with sleep, and as any allergy sufferer can tell you, they can significantly affect quality of life.
Folks allergic to pets might experience symptoms year-round, but folks with seasonal allergies will experience increased symptoms during peak pollen seasons. For us here in the Northeast United States, April through May is peak for trees, mid-May through July is peak for grasses, and September, give or take a few weeks, for weeds.
Remove the Cause
The best way to prevent seasonal allergy symptoms is to remove the cause. Causes include airborne particles from trees, grasses, and flowers. .
What can you do to remove allergens from your life?
Manage your Bucket
I think of our immune systems as a bucket. When the bucket gets full we get symptoms. For some of us with chronic health conditions, or more often chronic stress conditions, our bucket might be smaller. Or maybe some of us are putting things into our bucket unknowingly.
What is in your bucket that you can take out to make room for the things you can’t avoid?
Symptom Reduction Using “The Basics”
Herbal and Nutritional Support for Allergies
I work with a lot of folks with allergies, be sure and talk to your provider so you don’t have to suffer.
And, remember, prevention and then starting an allergy-specific protocol before your allergy season begins is always the best plan.