During different times of the year, many people are stricken by seasonal allergies, depending of course, on what they are allergic to. A common time of the year when the general population experiences this is in the spring or summer time when plants and flowers are bursting into bloom. In fact, more people each year are becoming regular suffers of unpleasant allergic reactions to seasonal irritants, as many as one in every three people.
Over-the-counter or prescription medications may help to alleviate the symptoms somewhat, but there are always side effects to consider, such as dry mouth, sleepiness or insomnia, and general irritation.
There are other more natural methods to try including a few lifestyle alterations along with the use of an allergy vitamin or other natural substances. These more natural methods may help to counter a person’s problematic reaction without having to resort to medication.
An allergic reaction occurs in a person’s body by encountering a certain allergen via inhaling it, eating it or touching it and their body rebelling against it. The person may sneeze, cough, wheeze, experience runny eyes, itchy noses, exhibit a skin rash, or have intestinal distress. The culprits that cause this may be many substances, but some of the more common ones found in nature include tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen.
One thing that you can do to help the sufferers in your family be more comfortable is to keep them away from cigarette smoke which tends to make their susceptible breathing system even more aggravated as they deal with dust and pollen.
Another lifestyle change is to keep your windows closed and to change your “outdoor” clothing when you re-enter your home. This will help to keep the pollen outside. Did you know that the prime-time high pollen hours are from between 5 and 10 am? It is a good idea to curtail outdoor activities during that time.
Some natural and allergy vitamin remedies to try include Stinging Nettle, Quercetin, Vitamin C and Fish Oil. Stinging Nettle is a leaf found at your local health food store.
It has been shown to aid in relieving symptoms common in hay fever. Quercetin is also a plant based remedy and helps in reducing histamine moving through the body, aiding in not only allergies, but asthma.
Vitamin C is an allergy vitamin that is well known to encourage the body’s immune system and also has been quite helpful in managing allergic reactions. Fish Oil has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the lungs.