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5 Ways to Manage Your Seasonal Allergies Naturally

5 Ways to Manage Your Seasonal Allergies Naturally

The Arizona weather is getting cooler and many of us are excited to be outside again!  However, the cooler weather and reseeding of the lawns means that allergy season is starting.  And how frustrating when you’re stuck inside wheezing, sneezing, and sniffling when you should be outside living life to the fullest.

Allergies are one of the most elusive health problems out there. Most people suffer from some sort of allergy, but researchers still aren’t completely sure what causes them. Or better yet, how to cure them.

Are we relegated to suffering and hoping that science makes a breakthrough someday?

The good news is there are ways to manage your allergies and reduce your symptoms so you can start living life again.

nasal rinsing

Nasal Rinsing

Nasal rinsing, also known as nasal irrigation, is when you flush out your nasal cavity with a saline solution. By doing a nasal rinse you clear out your nose and sinuses of excess mucus and allergens that have built up over time.

There are many tools out there that help you with nasal rinsing. The most popular method is to use a neti pot. A neti pot is a small pot with a spout that’s made specifically for nasal rinsing.

Nasal rinsing is especially helpful for people suffering from chronic sinusitis though anyone can benefit from it.

air filter

Air Filters

Buying an air filter for your home is an easy way to get some allergy relief. You can just set it up once and then forget about it. Since the air in your home will be cleaner when using an air filter your body won’t be as overloaded when you go outside.

Think of your allergies like water pouring into a cup. The symptoms start showing up once the water overflows. By using an air filter you’re increasing the length of time it takes to trigger your symptoms.

Air filters can range from cheap to expensive. A high-quality air filter can be a great investment if you suffer from severe allergies and are dying to get relief.

tea tree oil

Essential Oils

Essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil have properties that reduce the symptoms of allergies. The oils reduce inflammation and help clear away excess mucus.

There are different ways of using essential oils, but aromatherapy is the easiest way. For aromatherapy you can either use a diffuser or massage it into your skin like you would with a lotion.

There are benefits to both methods, though using a diffuser is less work and has the pleasant side effect of making your house smell amazing.

honey from local bees

Local Honey

Honey from local bees is made with pollen the bees collect from the local area. When you eat the honey, you’re ingesting a small and manageable amount of the allergens.

Over time you’ll build up a tolerance to the allergens used in the honey. Think of it like a low powered and natural version of allergy shots. This is a fun one because it’s not only healthy, but tasty, too.

The catch here is that the honey must be local. Otherwise it won’t have as many allergens that are specific to your area. Not everybody is lucky enough to have this option available, but definitely take advantage of it if you have a bee farm nearby.

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Studies have shown that gluten causes inflammation and may be linked to allergies and other health issues.

The theory is that gluten is a large molecule that’s hard for your body to break down. This causes additional stress on your body and can sometimes overwhelm it.

You don’t have to go completely gluten free if it sounds too intimidating to you. Try gradually cutting down on it over time and see if you notice any positive changes. If so, continue cutting out more gluten until you’re completely gluten free.

These suggestions aren’t a complete fix by any means, but besides non-organic options such as allergy shots and allergy medicines, these are some the best natural treatments we have until science comes up with a permanent solution.

Learn more about allergy and asthma treatment by booking an appointment at one of our 5 Valley-wide Allergy Clinics.

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Perfume as an Asthma Trigger – 3 Things You Need To Know

One of the most common mistakes that we make in our lives is to ignore an allergic reaction. You may think that ignoring a reaction might ease it on its own, but it rarely happens. To avoid a severe condition, it is absolutely important to find out the cause of a reaction, as soon as you experience it.

In case you, or a loved one you know suffers from asthma, and strong smells seem to aggravate it, then it could very well be a perfume induced asthma attack.

Perfumes and scents aren’t actually allergens, they are irritants. But, that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t trigger allergic reactions. They could, and asthma is one of these reactions.

Here’s what you need to know about perfume as an asthma trigger.

perfume as an asthma trigger

It is not uncommon

Strong perfumes are a common trigger for asthma attacks. In fact, there are many asthma patients who couldn’t stand the smell of perfumes. For some asthma sufferers, perfume is the sole reason of high-intensity attacks. Other than asthma, scents could also be the cause of nasal congestion, skin problems, and migraines.

Avoidance is ‘not’ bliss

Prevention is better than a cure, and we couldn’t agree more. One of the best ways to prevent perfume-induced asthma attacks is to avoid the triggering element at all costs. However, there are times when you can’t really avoid interacting with people who wear perfumes.

Inhaler for Asthma

Three solutions to opt for when perfume starts to attack:

  • Find an allergist who can help you avoid asthma attacks triggered by fragrance sensitivity
  • Take your medicine as soon as you feel an attack is approaching
  • Limit your exposure to places where strong perfumes and related irritants could be present, such as shopping centers, laundromats, etc.

Call our allergy and asthma center, Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates P.C. at 602-242-4592 today and schedule an appointment for your asthma. Live your life allergy and asthma free!

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