Every spring, summer and autumn, small pollen grains are released from trees, weeds and herbs. These small, light and dry pollen grains travel by wind, by birds, by insects or by other animals and fertilize other plants of the same species that cause misery to seasonal allergy sufferers. Pollen is one of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. Many people know pollen allergy as "hay fever". Experts generally refer to pollen allergy as "seasonal allergic rhinitis."
This allergy is an aggressive immune response triggered by the inhalation of an irritant known as pollen. Allergies to pollen, spores, mold and dust affect the respiratory system and the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are inflamed, causing several symptoms.
· Nasal congestion
· Runny nose
· Crying eyes
· Itching in the throat and eyes.
· Wheezing (breathing with a hiss or a rattle sound in the chest)
· Pollen can also aggravate symptoms in patients with asthma.
There are certain actions you can take to reduce allergic reactions to pollen:
Limit your outdoor activities as this will decrease the amount of pollen allergen you inhale and reduce your symptoms.
Keep windows closed during the pollen season.
The use of special HEPA filters in the central air conditioning vents can help filter the pollen from the air system.
Bathe and wash your hair with shampoo daily before going to bed. This will remove pollen from the hair and skin and keep it away from the bedding.
Start taking allergy medication before the pollen season begins. Most allergy medications work best when taken in this way. This allows the medication to prevent your body from releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause your symptoms.
Wash bedding with hot soapy water once a week.
Wear sunglasses and a hat. This will help keep the pollen out of your eyes and hair.
Limit close contact with pets who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Change and wash used clothing during outdoor activities.
Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer, not in an outdoor line.
These simple natural remedies have been very effective for allergy relief. Different people seem to benefit from different remedies depending on certain genetic factors and what allergens they are reacting to, so it might be worth trying more than one of them to see which one works best for you;
1. Honey: The consumption of local honey from where you live will help your body adapt to environmental allergens. This is supposed to work as an "injection" of natural allergy and does not seem to have a drawback.
2. Nettle leaf: The nettle leaf ("Soie" in Kashmiri) is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body's ability to produce histamine. It grows in many places and can be prepared with tincture or tea, but to alleviate the allergy, capsules made from nettle leaves are the easiest and most effective option. Nettle leaf can also be used in combination with other herbs to make a soothing herbal tea for allergy relief. It is often mixed with mint leaves and, sometimes, with red raspberry leaves to prepare a refreshing tea to alleviate allergies.
3. Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that helps prevent infections, viruses and even allergies. Eating or squeezing two raw teeth of this powerful antioxidant can literally keep the doctor away. Some people choose to take garlic supplements because they do not want to smell garlic, but supplements do not work as well as real grass, so do not be fooled by this. The raw garlic eaten every day will combat all types of allergies, as it immensely strengthens your immune system.
4. Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar (a type of vinegar made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form probiotics and enzymes that promote health) is a historical remedy that is often recommended for a variety of health conditions. It is used for allergy relief with great success. Its ability to reduce mucus production and clean the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. It is also said to aid digestion, weight loss and more, so it is worth trying.
5. Lemons: As most of us know, an alkaline body means a better balance and an immune function. Lemons and limes are excellent small fruits that stimulate the immune system and are used for various conditions, including allergies. These two small fruits are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants that stimulate the immune system. Drinking lemon water throughout the day detoxifies the body and frees it of impurities. Mix the juice of one or two lemons or limes with olive oil to make a wonderful flavor dressing for salads and vegetarian sandwiches.
6. Green leafy vegetables: Green leafy vegetables (including spinach, kale, collards, slices, knoll knoll, etc.) are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that help detoxification and help reduce inflammation during allergies.
7. Foods rich in probiotics: Probiotic foods support immune health and can help repair a damaged intestinal lining. Examples include yogurt, raw cheese, curd, etc. Many studies link the presence of beneficial bacteria in the intestine with a reduced incidence of allergies. There is even emerging evidence that a mother's intestinal bacteria during pregnancy and lactation can affect a child's likelihood of developing allergies throughout life, as well as exposure to too sterile environments.
8. Essential oils: Essential oils for allergies work by reducing inflammation and improving the detoxification of harmful bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and toxins that can trigger an attack. You can use eucalyptus oil for the relief of seasonal allergy in a variety of ways, since several drops of eucalyptus oil can be inhaled through a diffuser, or used in your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial agent.
9. Bone broth: Bone broth, made from meat and chicken broth, is rich in many minerals and amino acids that help heal leaks, which helps strengthen the immune system during allergy.
10. Breast milk: Studies show that exclusive breastfeeding seems to have a preventive effect on the early development of asthma and atopic dermatitis.
11. Herbal teas: Drink herbal teas made with gingko, marian thistle, red clover, nettles or yarrow. These herbal preparations may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could reduce allergy symptoms.
12. Quercetin: Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid (found in onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, etc.) and helps stabilize mast cells to prevent them from releasing histamine. It is also a powerful antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best to use it as a long-term remedy and many people start taking it approximately 4-6 weeks before the allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms. As with any herb, you should consult your doctor before using it, especially if you have a liver problem, are pregnant or take hormonal contraceptives.
13. Wash your nostrils: This remedy works by preventing the offensive allergen (or at least most) from entering the respiratory tract. Using nasal saline irrigation tools, such as Neti pots (a container filled with liquid used to rinse or rinse the sinuses and nostrils with lukewarm water) is a specially designed small container, often made of ceramic or plastic that has the shape of a teapot container flattened). Neti pots are a natural remedy for allergies and many respiratory conditions because they help clean the sinuses and eliminate congestion. It has been shown that the use of neti pits helps improve the quality of life of those suffering from respiratory diseases and causes little or no side effects.
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The author is the head of the department at KTC Hospital & Research Center, Kashmir. You can be contacted at: [email protected]