Monthly Archives: May 2014
As many as 35 million Americans suffer from hay fever, more commonly known as pollen allergy. For allergy sufferers, the trees, grasses, weeds, and flowers that blossom during the Spring cause symptoms that can be quite severe in some people. Different people are allergic to different kinds of pollen, making them more sensitive during certain seasons. It is also common for many people suffering from allergies to react to multiple allergens.
This year, the rains in some areas have kept the pollen at bay, ensuring that this coming Spring allergy season will be shorter in duration, but more severe in nature. Symptoms of most pollen allergies include itchy, watery eyes and/or nose, sneezing, and congestion. For some people, direct contact with their allergen can cause them to break out in an itchy rash.
So what’s the solution? For many people, administering over the counter antihistamines is the first choice made in order to treat their immediate symptoms. Unfortunately, antihistamines can make some people extremely drowsy–an inconvenient side effect that many find unappealing. Below are some natural, alternative remedies for individuals with pollen allergies:
- saline nasal irrigation
- reduce your exposure as much as possible (keeping allergens out of your garden, for example)
- invest in a ventilation fan and/or a dehumidifier for indoor areas
- monitor daily pollen counts for your area
In addition to these simple at-home remedies, there are particular herbs that address the symptoms of pollen allergies:
- Milk Thistle
- Phleum pretense (for allergy sufferers with asthma)
The South was the first to be impacted by this year’s severe allergy season, followed shortly by the Northeast. Some cities have been hit harder than others, prompting people to seek relief sooner than usual.
At Health Concerns, there are several formulas that have a unique combination of herbs that can help treat the worst of allergy symptoms. You can find out more below by clicking on any of the links:
Western society places much emphasis on having “perfect” skin. While no one is perfect, maintaining healthy skin is important. Some of the most common skin conditions can be uncomfortable or even painful. In order to avoid painful symptoms like rashes, bacterial infection, and even sores, one must be able to first identify and then appropriately treat an outbreak at the first sign. Below is information on some of the most commonly seen skin conditions and how to successfully manage them.
Acne: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the single most common skin condition, affecting approximately 40 to 50 million people in the United States alone. While acne is typically associated with puberty and young adulthood, individuals can experience acne in near every age group. The most common causes for acne are:
- Enlarged, over-productive oil glands
- Blockage of the hair follicles that release oil
- An infection of the bacterium P. ances within the hair follicles
The best way to prevent acne is by using a gentle cleanser every day. For removal of excessive oil, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are among the most commonly used Western treatments. For spot treatments, tea tree oil has proven to be an effective, natural remedy for many.
Eczema: There are various types of eczema, the most common form being atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Symptoms of eczema include areas of skin that become red, inflamed, and irritated. Eczema is more common in children, although they often outgrow their symptoms by puberty. For those that don’t outgrow them, finding relief from symptoms is essential. Scratching an affected area can easily cause infection which could potentially making the condition worse. Creams and ointments that contain corticosteroids are commonly used in the Western treatment of eczema, as they can lessen inflammation. However, natural products like coconut oil can also be used for similar purposes, with fewer potential side effects.
Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which the primary areas of the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back are affected with red plaques covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis is not contagious, but it can be genetic. While the direct cause is unknown, psoriasis typically begins as small red bumps that expand and develop a scaly texture. The rash can become itchy, and itching may cause bleeding and irritation. Psoriasis can be treated medically with topical use of corticosteroids, but there are several alternative methods that can be used in the home with or in place of these medicated ointments.
Rosacea: Rosacea is a common skin condition for many people over 30. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but there are steps that can be taken to help prevent “flare ups.” Essentially, rosacea occurs when the blood vessels under the skin expand, giving skin a red, ruddy appearance. Typically, the face is the most affected part of the body. Oftentimes rosacea can irritate the eyes, making them appear red and watery. While many turn to their medical doctor for help, there are several factors that can be taken into account and modified to help ease the symptoms of rosacea.
Health Concerns has several products that can be used for a variety of acute and chronic skin conditions. You can find out more below by clicking on any of the links: