04/02/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/01/2021 18:08
By Sara Butler
It's that time of year again -- the time of year I like to refer to as 'The Pollening.' If that reminds you of the title of a horror movie, then good -- because waking up with goopy eyes and a throat that feels like it's on fire at the hands of an invisible enemy is the stuff from which horror movies are made. Just give me a few weeks and I may go full Linda Blair here.
Seasonal allergies, despite coming around every single year, are still a big challenge for many people. Sure, you can take allergy medications to help, but those are only a Band-Aid for the issue. The real problem is that your immune system has been kicked into overdrive by the pollen in the air. Aside from moving in with the Boy in the Bubble, it can seem like options to escape pollen are slim. There simply has to be a better way to help calm your immune system and be a little less miserable, right?
The good news is that yes, there are a few strategies you can use to help reduce your allergy symptoms and stop looking as if you've cried your eyes out watching Old Yeller on repeat every day. Here are some tips to help you deal with allergies naturally.
In the spring, the air is filled with grass, ragweed, mold, pollen, and cedar. These allergens are breathed in and your immune system tags them as intruders. This sets off a chain reaction in which your body releases antibodies to attack and secretes a chemical called histamines into your eyes, nose, and lungs. The histamine is supposed to work to remove the harmful things from your body, but what really ends up happening is that inflammation abounds and leaves you with itchy, watery eyes, a sore throat, and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms.
Your body is trying to do right by you and help you to feel better, but you've got to help it along.
There are several things you can do to help your body remove the offending allergens and help you to feel better in the process. You can:
Yes, spring is in the air -- unfortunately. But it doesn't have to make you feel wretched. Instead, try a few of these tips to help calm your allergies and enjoy the spring flowers for once!
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