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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How To Fight Summer Allergies

Everyone looks forward to spring and summer--warm weather, trees and flowers blossoming, and pollen everywhere! Summer is a great time of year, but it can be a miserable time for allergy sufferers. Allergies are caused by pollen, which is the powdery substance that comes from seed plants and gets into the nasal passages. For most people, pollen goes unnoticed. But for the 60 million people who are allergic to pollen, they will most likely spend the summer with itchy eyes, running nose, coughing and sneezing.

There are all types of over-the-counter products that can help, like antihistamines and decongestants, and nasal sprays. There are also allergy shots. But some foods can also help relieve allergy symptoms.

These foods contain natural compounds that are effective in fighting off allergies.
  • Beets, berries, cherries, and dark purple and red grapes .
  • Green vegetables, lemons and oranges contain something called hesperidin and hesperetin that acts like an antihistamine.
  • Apples, berries, nuts, cabbage, cauliflower and tea also contain an antihistamine-like substance called quercetin.
In addition, there are steps you can take during the allergy season to help keep the pollen away.
  • Stay inside as much as possible when the pollen count is high.
  • Limit use of a fan as it draws pollen into the room.
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier--the water weighs down the allergens and keeps them away from your nose.
  • Invest in an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
Other suggested remedies include taking vitamin C which is a natural antihistamine, herbs such as angelica and butterbur, and one recommendation was to eat honey--some people are adamant that it really helps. Trying some of these methods might go a long way toward making the summer a more enjoyable time of year.
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