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: