Spring time allergies

The season of spring personifies green trees, colourful flowers blooming everywhere and fresh fruit hanging from trees. But spring time also brings bad news for those prone to allergies. As the pollen drifts in the air, they tease the nose of people allergic to it, and cause a roll of sneezes and sniffles. These springtime allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, become a persistent nuisance and one needs to be extra careful to avoid these symptoms.

As mentioned earlier, the airborne pollens are the prime culprits of this class of allergy. As we inhale them along with air, they trigger the immune system, which then treat them as alien intruders and set off the antibodies against the pollen in order to get rid of them. This leads to discharge of a chemical in the blood called histamines which are responsible for all the irritating signs of spring time allergies.

An allergic person is usually bothered by relentless sneezing, constant runny nose, coughing as well as watery eyes and dark circle appearing around the eyes, itching sensation in nose and eyes at times. As the condition worsen, it might narrow down the air passage and cause trouble in breathing, which can turn to asthma. Hence, an onset of spring becomes a season of misery for these allergy sufferers.

Now the question is, are there any ways in which one can save oneself from such traumatic experience every year? Fortunately, certain home remedies can help keep this annoyance at bay to a large extent. The prime aim to keep safe from spring time allergies is to cut down chances of your contact with pollen grains. Let’s take a look at the prospective home remedies for spring time allergies:

  • Stay away from gardening chores as much as possible
  • Avoid going outdoor on windy days and if you really have to go out, try to keep the nose area covered when possible
  • Keep your house clean and free of dust and pollen
  • Hang your laundry indoors to prevent the pollen from adhering to them
  • Check the daily pollen forecast in different forms of media to keep track of the pollen count and implement precautions likewise
  • Sleep at night with doors and windows closed to prevent the intrusion of pollen grains in your house
  • You can also seek the help of electric appliances like vacuum cleaner, air conditioner, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or dehumidifier to protect yourself from the wretched airborne seeds of plants

These day-to-day precautions can help control hay fever to some extent. However, when conditions starts to deteriorate and symptoms turn severe, one has to rely on certain medications for respite. Antihistamines give relief from most of the symptoms of spring allergies but it is temporary and tends to make you drowsy, thus hampering work during day time. Oral decongestants and nasal sprays can ease down the stuffy sensation in the nose for a short term but continuous use can actually rebound the symptom. So it is wise to seek medical assistance before going for such medications.  There are also prescription nasal sprays such as Nasonex, Flonase, etc. that are use daily and overtime provide good relieve without the side effects of over the counter nasal sprays.

If medicines are doing little to help you out of this suffering, natural therapies might bring relief. The most effective and simple remedy is cleansing nasal passages with previously boiled water or a mild salt water solution to wash out the allergens from your nasal interiors – a process known as nasal irrigation. Certain herbs like spirulina, butterbur and stinging nettle are found to be effective to combat hay fever. Drink black tea twice a day and include onions and apples in your diet. The quercetin in them is found to obstruct the release of histamines and thus avert the initiation of allergic reactions.

Follow the instructions, mentioned above and you can enjoy the beauty of spring to its fullest without worrying about the dilemma this season can bring.  Liya Das. (TCC)

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