Spring Allergy Symptoms: What to Look Out for, and How to Stay Healthy
Spring is in the air, and so are the many unpleasant allergies that come with it.
If you are one of the many people who experience spring allergy symptoms, then join the club! You are a member, along with 50 million other people in this country.
If you find yourself with itchy eyes, a runny nose, and difficulty breathing, then you may want to take a better look at what really gets under your skin this spring.
Before you run out to the drug store and stock pile on eye drops, medications, and tissues to cure your allergy symptoms, there are some natural remedies that you can look into that will work just fine.
We took a look at some of the worst spring allergy symptoms, and what natural remedies you can use to relieve your most troublesome indoor and outdoor allergy symptoms.
Outdoor Allergies: Making the Beauty of Spring Seem Ugly
The outdoors were meant for us to enjoy and to treasure, but the spring allergy season can make the outdoors a miserable and not-so-fun experience.
In a season dominated by the blooming of, well, everything, it’s no wonder that our spring allergy symptoms are worse than ever during this time of year.
Outdoor allergy symptoms are often triggered by pollen from grass, weeds, and trees, and even mold. Mid to late spring and late summer are when most of these “allergens” are in bloom, but this can also depend on what area of the U.S. you live in.
If you have a furry friend, this can also worsen your spring allergy symptoms. Pet dander causes both outdoor and indoor allergies year-round, so it may be wise to bathe Fido more frequently.
Indoor Allergies: Parasite Party in Your Home
Indoor allergies are no fun, but they certainly gather all over your house and have an indoor allergy party.
Spring allergy symptoms are bad, but it’s even worse when you can’t escape the misery from the comfort of your own home.
Most indoor allergy symptoms are caused by dust mites, mold, cockroaches, and pet dander. Their severity can depend on what season you are in, but spring usually seems to be the worse time of your year for your friends to throw a party at your place.
Food Allergies: Making a Meal a Miserable Experience
Food allergy symptoms don’t sneak up on you until you’ve had a bite of a certain food, or until you have a drink of a certain beverage.
Food allergies occur when the immune system has an abnormal response to a particular food. The most common triggers are milk, soy, wheat, seafood, nuts, and eggs.
Unfortunately, there is no way to cure food allergies, so you will just have to watch what you eat and drink.
The Cures for Your Ills
Now that we have endeavored down the winding road of spring allergies, it’s time that we take a look at some of the best ways to cure your most pestering allergy symptoms.
Stuffy Nose: Spray it Away
The best cure for a stuffy nose is to look for a long-lasting nasal spray (12 hour), or an oral decongestant. If you have severe seasonal allergies, you can even have your doctor provide you with a prescription for a stronger variety, like Flonase or Nasonex.
Nasal sprays reduce inflammation, and congestion that lines your airways. Whether over the counter or prescription, it’s important that you look for a non-steroid brand.
Natural Remedy:Quercetin supplements, and a variety of fruits, like apples and grapes; both are natural remedies that decrease inflammation and swelling.
Itchy Eyes: Drops or Pills Work Fine
When it comes to allergy symptoms, itchy eyes seem to be a sign that spring is in the air.
For this allergy symptom, antihistamine eyedrops and pills work best, because they block histamine, which is one of the substances that causes itchy, watery eyes.
Over the counter Claritin works really well, and it doesn’t cause drowsiness, like other brands.
Natural Remedy: Take your daily dose of Vitamin C, or B5; both are natural antihistamines.
Although these aren’t all of spring allergy symptoms you may have to deal with, the list can get pretty long and cumbersome.
By following these remedies and knowing what to look for, you may get to enjoy the beauty of spring, afterall.