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Posted on 04-14-2017

How to Deal Naturally with Allergies

As the season changes from cold to warm weather, statistically more than 26 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies:

Confirm it’s allergies.  Many confuse the symptoms of a cold or virus with seasonal allergies. Here are some clues: congestion lasts for more than two weeks, eyes, nose, and the top of your mouth itch, mucus is thin and clear, and symptoms can get worse after exposure to triggers (ex. yard work). The absence of fever and aches is another clue it's probably allergies and not a cold.

Take allergy symptoms seriously: Allergies can affect the trachea and the lungs, causing shortness of breath, chest congestion, wheezing and asthma. Allergies can even turn into an infection, and when severe, cause fever and headaches.

Stress plays a role to allergies: According to studies from the Ohio State University Medical Center, stress doesn’t cause allergies, but it sure worsens the symptoms due to increased cortisol (stress hormone) levels coursing through the body and weakening the immune system’s ability to ward off allergy-triggering proteins

Treatment side effects: Conventional therapies call for antihistamines, decongestants, oral steroids, and corticosteroid sprays, bronchodilator inhaler, and allergy injections. All of these just treat the symptoms and many have unpleasant side effects.

Treat the Cause, Not the Symptoms: Treatment does not need to include medications that make you feel tired and foggy.  There are many homeopathic remedies that address the cause and not just the symptoms.

Use Salt Water: Use a saline nasal rinse such as a Neti Pot which helps clear allergens like pollen from your nasal membranes. Gargling with salt water can soothe a sore or scratchy throat. Do these remedies once or twice a day to ease congestion.

Remove shoes and work clothes as soon as you get home: Keep outside pollen, dirt and dust outside by not dragging these toxins throughout your home.

Shower at night: Showering at night will wash off any lingering pollen from your body and hair before you get into bed.

Pets: Wipe your pets’ paws and fur when they enter your home too, since pollen can cling to them.

Whole Foods: Eating healthy can boost the immune system that can protect you from seasonal allergies (ex. reducing dairy and eating more fruits and vegetables).

Other Effective Remedies:  A growing number of allergy sufferers are finding relief from drug-free approaches such as Chiropractic adjustments and Acupuncture and NAET. (For more info on NAET, call us at 678-640-7971.)

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