Spring has finally arrived. It is my most favorite season of them all, but I realize it can be a very miserable time of year for those with allergies. For some, it is no surprise that the greater Prescott area ranks high among those regions in the Southwest known for prevalent allergic pollens, trees, and grasses. In the last few weeks, our office has been flooded by those seeking relief from allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny noses, coughs, headaches, and general misery.
There are several ways to address seasonal allergies, but almost all over the counter options provide only temporary relief from the symptoms (and the treatments themselves may invoke unwanted side effects). Alternative therapies are often sought because the intent is to address the reason the allergies exist to begin with, and these options often help the body’s immune system respond more appropriately with fewer troublesome symptoms.
At Innate Wellness & Medical Center, we offer several options to address food, environmental and seasonal allergies, from Advanced Allergy Therapy (AAT) to homeopathy, nutritional programs, and supplemental support. Dr. Gemie will help you find relief so you can get back to enjoying the beautiful community we live in.
Lifestyle Recommendations to Help Reduce the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies:
- Acquire a good air purifier to cleanse the air of allergens in the home and office; when cleaning, use a vacuum with Hepa filtration system
- Flush nasal passages with a neti pot. Nano silver and/or xylitol can be used as an effective nasal wash, as well.
- Detox your body to rid internal circulating allergens that keep triggering histamine release
- Shower again at the end of the day and either change clothes or thoroughly wash clothes that may have collected pollens and other allergens throughout the day – at a minimum, rinse your hair
- Delegate outdoor jobs like lawn work or animal care to others or wear a dust mask during outdoor activities
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day – if desired, add slices of cucumber, lemon, and blueberries
- Avoid sugar, dairy, and wheat products
- Consider taking 1 tsp daily of local, authentic raw honey for allergy prevention and histamine reactions **not for children under 1 year of age
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C and the bioflavonoid, quercetin, such as berries, tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruit, apples, broccoli, onion, and dandelion greens – avoid any if intolerant
- Eat foods with the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fats such as wild, cold-water fish like salmon, anchovies, and halibut; walnuts; flaxseed meal; and chia seeds
- Use the spice turmeric to flavor foods like soups, vegetables, and fish
The information contained in this article is for information and education purposes only and is not medical advice. Do not use this information as an alternative to obtaining medical advice from your physician or other professional healthcare provider. Always consult with your physician or other professional healthcare provider about any medical conditions you are experiencing. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, contact your local emergency services for help.