Managing Fall Allergies Naturally
As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, many people eagerly anticipate the arrival of fall. However, for those who suffer from fall allergies, this season can be a challenging time filled with sneezing, itching, and congestion. While conventional allergy medications can provide relief, some individuals prefer natural remedies and supplements to manage their symptoms. In this blog, we'll explore fall allergies, their causes, and natural ways to help alleviate them, including the use of supplements.
Understanding Fall Allergies
Fall allergies are typically triggered by the release of pollen from various trees, weeds, and grasses. Common allergens in the fall season include ragweed, sagebrush, and lamb's quarters. When these plants release pollen into the air, it can lead to allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Ragweed Pollen: Ragweed is a prolific pollen producer, and its pollen counts peak during the fall months. Inhaling ragweed pollen can trigger allergy symptoms.
Mold Spores: Damp, decaying leaves and other organic matter create an ideal environment for mold growth. Mold spores can become airborne and lead to allergic reactions.
Dust Mites: As we start spending more time indoors with the onset of cooler weather, dust mites can become a problem for allergy sufferers. They thrive in warm, humid environments and can trigger symptoms like sneezing and congestion.
Common Symptoms of Fall Allergies
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Throat irritation
Natural Ways to Help Manage Fall Allergies
Dr. Rob Ivker, author of the best-selling Sinus Survival book and developer of the Sinus Survival Program, recommends some of the following tips to help manage allergies. To learn more, talk to one of our Village Green experts.
Keep Indoor Air Clean: To reduce allergen exposure, keep windows and doors closed during peak pollen times. Use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home's HVAC system to trap allergens. Regularly clean and dust your living space to remove any settled pollen.
Saline Nasal Irrigation: Using saline nasal irrigation or a neti pot can help rinse allergens from your nasal passages, providing relief from congestion and irritation.
Allergen-Proof Bedding: Invest in allergen-proof pillowcases and mattress covers to keep dust mites at bay. Wash your bedding in hot water regularly to eliminate any allergen buildup.
Local Honey: Some people believe that consuming local honey can help desensitize the body to pollen allergens over time.
Quercetin, Vitamin C and Bromelain: Quercetin is a flavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables. It is believed to have anti-allergic properties by stabilizing mast cells, which release histamine. Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties and may help reduce allergy symptoms. It acts as a natural antihistamine. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that helps with inflammation. Sinus Survival Allercide combines all three of these nutrients plus NAC (N-acetyl L-cysteine, an amino acid that helps to thin mucus) to provide sinus support.
Probiotics: Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome may have a positive impact on allergic reactions. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods like yogurt and kimchi can help support gut health.
Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions or take other medications. With the right approach, you can enjoy the autumn season to the fullest, symptom-free.
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