Allergies can be very annoying and debilitating and can recur every spring and early summer with the bloom of pollen and other seasonal changes.
Various drugs provide temporary relief for symptoms, but they only treat one problem at a time, and do not address the underling cause.
Medication may give temporary relief for itching and sneezing but you will need another drug for the congestion. Most people don't want to have to take a cocktail of drugs for a month of more till the seasonal pollen peak passes.
There has to be a better and less expensive way. The answer is natural remedies to provide relief, and ways to prevent and control the specific cause of the problem and to control the source of the allergen. Prevention is always better than treatment.
Most people treat allergy symptoms by popping a pill without ever finding out exactly what is causing their allergic response, or even if they actually are suffering from genuine seasonal allergies or something else.
While hay fever is a prime culprit in Spring, other things can also cause the same symptoms and there may be allergy triggers that are not of seasonal.
Many people who say they have seasonal allergies, have them all all year round and it is the weather or higher humidity that makes it worst in Spring.
Find the cause and you can better treat the symptoms or avoid the allergens.
If you have a serious chronic allergy problem then find a allergist who can devise a treatment plan ( see AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org and other similar sites).
Before you commit yourself to popping expensive pills for one to two months, why not find the cause and prevent it. Drugs have side effects and can damage your body with prolonged use.Source: [Public Domain CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Allergy symptoms develop when your immune system over-reacts to an allergen - that is something that it sees as a threat, but that is usually is harmless, such as dust mites, plant pollen, molds, insect stings, chemicals or various types of food.
Your immune system responds in various ways as if the allergen were a dangerous threat.
A chemical called histamine is released, which is responsible for many of the allergy symptoms at the site of the 'attack' and elsewhere in the body.
If the allergen is air-borne, the reaction will be seen in yours nose, eyes, and (or) lungs. If the allergen is in food that you eat, it may affect your stomach, mouth and intestines.
Food allergies also can cause skin rashes, swelling around the eyes or even asthma symptoms.
People who are allergic to prawns may shown extreme swelling around the eyes even if they don't tough them with their hands.
Allergy symptoms, and your body's responses in dealing with them, will vary according to the type of allergen. Some of the types are shown below.
To learn more, visit the allergy page at various websites such as this one.
Many seasonal allergies are the classic hay fever types which results in bouts of sneezing, sore eyes, congestion and even breathing problems.
Many weather reports throughout the world now include general pollen counts for various districts.
It is worth while trying to find out the specific plant that is the source of the pollen or other things that are triggering the allergic response.
Various countries have specific web sites that provide information on plants that cause allergies, and when are where they are likely to cause problems.
Knowing this you can plan a strategy for avoiding, preventing and controlling your allergy.
Shown below are lists of plants that commonly cause allergy problems in Australia and USA.
|Annual Blue / Winter Grass||Trees||Flowers and grasses|
|Australian Pine/She Oak||almond||Artemisia|
|Bahia Grass||ash (male)||Bahia grass|
|Bermuda/Couch Grass||Arizona cypress||Bermuda grass|
|Bottlebrush||aspen (male)||blue fescue|
|Canary Grass||bald cypress||bluegrass|
|Cocksfoot/Orchard Grass||black acacia||buttercup|
|English Oak||catalpa||castor bean|
|Johnson Grass||Chinese elm||centipede grass|
|Kentucky Blue/June Grass||cottonwood||fountain grass|
|London Plane Tree||elm||gamma grass|
|Murray Pine/ White Cypress Pine||fringe tree (male)||orchard grass|
|Olive Tree||Kentucky coffee (male)||sedge (Carex)|
|Paper-bark Tea Tree||mango||Timothy grass|
|Parthenium Weed||mountain laurel|
|Paterson`s curse/Salvation Jane||mulberry|
|Ragweed||Osage orange (male)|
|Silver birch||poplar (male)|
|Timothy Grass||privet (male)|
|Wild Oat||red cedar|
|Yorkshire Fog/Velvet Grass||Russian olive|
|silver maple (male)|
Things like pollen, dust mites, cockroaches, cigarette smoke, various plasticizers and industrial chemicals, or even hair spray, the artificial fragrances in candles, or air fresheners (!!) could be causing symptoms similar to hay fever allergies.You may have introduced something new into your house that has triggered the allergic response. There are many things around your house you can do to remove or reduce the cause of the problem. One excellent idea is to wash your bedding in very hot water every two weeks or so to help control dust mites, use anti-mite covers on pillows and mattresses, use nontoxic pest management methods to control cockroaches and pests. However while these things may help generally, the best way to tackle the problem starts with identifying the cause. Only then can you find a specific prevention and control method and a specific treatment to the cause.
Some general household steps to take include:
Temperature and humidity - Hot and very humid houses create breeding grounds for molds and dust mites, and so keep temperature at moderate levels - 70 F (21 C) and keep relative humidity below 50 %.
Air Filter and Purifiers - Regularly clean or replace all the small-particle filters installed in central heating and cooling systems and in the various room air conditioning units you make have installed at least once a month. Install air-purifiers if your research shows they will be effective.
Pests Control - Controlling all insect pests in the home such as bed bugs, dust mites, cockroaches as well as rats and mice is very important. You can do it yourself or get a professional exterminator. You will have to vacuum thoroughly, wash hard surfaces and clean out residues in cracks and tiny cavities.
Weekly cleaning routine - Using a mop, thoroughly clean wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpets and rugs, using a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or a small-particle filter. Use a damp cloth to clean all other surfaces, such as windowsills, the tops of doors and window frames. If you have allergies, always either wear a dust mask when cleaning.