Seasonal allergies are upon us and this means so are the dreaded sinus symptoms, but it does not have to be this way! Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy your spring and summer to the fullest without the interruption and discomfort of all the sinus symptoms caused by seasonal allergies? Read on, and learn how!
Allergies in general, contrary to popular belief, are not a sign of a depressed immune system. They are in fact a sign that our immune system is overactive or unbalanced. More precisely, it is a reaction caused by triggers such as food and environmental factors that becomes exaggerated.
In seasonal allergies (also called allergic rhinitis or hay fever), the body has an inappropriate exaggerated response to pollen, dust, plants and other irritants. When the buds on the trees appear and those fluffy dandelions pop up, we can see the pollen on our cars and feel the puffiness in our eyes and noses, hence why we refer to them as "seasonal".
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include a stuffy and runny nose, itchy, burning eyes and nose, headaches, sneezing, fatigue, fogginess, and even breathing issues. Often, individuals with allergies are directed toward over the counter and even prescription medications such as antihistamines to control the allergic reaction and give some temporary relief. Although the medications are usually helpful in providing relief, long term use can cause unwanted side effects such as rapid heart beat and depression. Some of these medications may also interact dangerously with other medications.
The good news is that there are alternatives to medications that are safe and free of nasty side effects!There are several natural options to treat seasonal allergies successfully and help to prevent further occurrences.
Some natural treatments include:
Other very effective treatments such as individualized acupuncture protocols, supplements and botanical medicines may be indicated in some harder to treat cases.
Talk to your naturopathic doctor to find out which therapy is best for you and get ready to enjoy this season allergy free and full of energy! `