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Living with Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, sometimes called "hay fever", are allergy symptoms that occur during certain times of the year.

The immune system treats pollen as an invader and releases chemicals such as histamines into the bloodstream to defend against them. These extra histamines can result in sneezing, itchy skin and eyes, runny nose, and so on. Pollen spread by wind is usually the main cause of seasonal allergies.

  • Spring allergies are typically a result of pollen from trees, which can start pollinating anytime from January to April.
  • Late spring and early summer allergies are typically due to grass. Direct contact with grass can also result in itching and hives in people who are allergic to grass pollen.
  • By late summer and early fall, it will be weed pollen that most strongly affects those with seasonal allergies.

Pollen from bright coloured flowers that rely on insects to reproduce do not generally cause seasonal allergies since their pollen is not usually present in the air.

Workable Lifestyle Suggestions
  • Keep windows closed between 3 and 10 AM to prevent pollen from drifting into your home.
  • Keep car windows closed when driving and consider a pollen filter for your car.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn as well as freshly cut grass.
  • Avoid drying laundry outside: pollen sticks to wet objects easily.
  • Try acupuncture to stimulate the immune system and control allergic reactions.
  • See if natural remedies such as stinging nettles, goldseal, grape seed extract, or quercetin alleviate your symptoms.
  • Use a nasal wash to reduce allergens. This also helps to thin the mucous in the nose.
  • Eat hot, spicy foods to help thin out mucous secretions, which in turn can clear nasal passages.
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