Along with spring comes an increase in the number of allergens, including pollen from trees and flowers, dry grass, and weeds making life miserable for those who are allergic to them. Read on to know how you can get rid of these annoying spring allergies.
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Quick Tips to Snap Away Spring Allergies
Symptoms of Spring Allergies
According to the CDC, over 7% of American children and nearly 8% of adults experience seasonal allergies. Children between the age of 12 to 17 are especially vulnerable to these allergens. Additionally, the spring allergies might increase in severity and incidence of respiratory symptoms of people with asthma.
The symptoms of spring allergies can vary from person to person, but commonly they have one of these:
- Itchy sensation
- Chest tightness
- Watery eyes
- Red eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Breathing issues
- Sore or itchy throat
- Swelling of a specific area
And many of these spring allergies are caused by allergens; these are some of the most commonly associated with allergic rhinitis trees in the U.S:
- Western Red Cedar
Later in the season, grass can cause allergic reactions; some of them are:
- Red top grass
- Timothy grass
- Sweet vernal grass
Now that you have general information about the symptoms and causes of spring allergies let’s find out how you can easily get rid of them.
This plant gets its name from using its big leaves to wrap around butter in warm weather. The extracts from this plant are used for fever, headaches, and nasal allergies; it also blocks the chemical causing swelling in the nasal passages.
Butterbur might not be very well known, but this is considered one of the most effective ways to fight off allergic reactions. A study in 2002 tested the effects on 125 patients, and it turned out that this plant has similar effects to an antihistamine.
Use a Neti Pot
A neti pot design is similar to a small teapot or bulb syringes made of plastic, ceramic, or porcelain. It’s used to flush out the mucus in the nasal cavity using a saline solution. A study in 2006 showed that using a neti pot can be beneficial to patients experiencing hay fever and even symptoms of nasal allergies and colds.
Remember that you should adjust the number of dry ingredients when making the saline solution not to experience stinging or burning feelings. And it would be best if you used the neti pot twice a day for the best outcome.
There are many great benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy; not only does it help you feel relaxed and calm your mind, but it also helps you with your seasonal allergies. Trees such as eucalyptus, rosemary, oregano, etc., all have significant inflammatory factors making them excellent for treating respiratory problems such as asthma or coughing from allergies.
For best results, you might need to need to stick to this treatment for a while as this can be a long-term condition. Also, you can use the essential oils from these plants with a humidifier, or you can even apply them directly to your chest and throat for a more instant effect.
For treating the irritation in your eyes when having allergic reactions, you should use eye drops. Options include short-term OTC drops containing prescription drops or a topical decongestant combining a mast cell inhibitor with an antihistamine. Depending on your eye condition, you should ask your doctor to choose the most effective and suitable eye drops for you.
These are only a few of the treatments for spring allergies, and there many other ways to get rid of your annoying allergic reactions and symptoms. But the best way for you to prevent having such a miserable time suffering from the symptoms, you should try your best to stay as far as possible from the allergen causing your problems.
Do you have any kind of allergy? How did you get rid of any symptoms? Let us know your personal experience in the comment section below!
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