Allergy season has arrived and it can be exhausting! Many of us are sneezing, blowing our noses, suffering with watery eyes, headache and fatigue.
This is a good time to look at the products available for the prevention and treatment of allergies.
What is an allergy?
Our immune system works to protect us from foreign substances. An allergy is when our immune system overreacts to substances that we are exposed to regularly, such as pollen, pet dander, and certain types of foods.
One of the chemicals released in our body during an allergic reaction is histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the aggravating symptoms we experience in an allergic reaction.
Symptoms may include:
- runny, itchy or watery eyes
- runny and congested nose
- post-nasal drip
- respiratory symptoms like coughing
- skin reactions
What is an allergen?
An allergen is simply a substance capable of producing an allergic reaction.
Environmental substances include mould, spores, pollen from trees and grasses, dust mites, animal hair and insects.
Food substances can be challenging to identify but include wheat, milk, eggs, yeast, coffee and chocolate.
Chemical substances include perfumes, soaps, insecticides and cleaning products.
How to prevent an allergic reaction?
Try to determine which substances trigger your allergies so that you can avoid them.
Keeping a diary with notations of when you experience symptoms can help to determine what is triggering your allergy, especially if foods are causing the symptoms. One of our customers who was experiencing serious allergic symptoms kept a diary and was able to determine that he was allergic to aspirin.
Pay attention to common environmental triggers:
- cigarette smoke
- foods that commonly cause allergic reactions, peanuts, tomatoes, wheat, celery, eggs, and pork
- foods containing preservatives and artificial colouring. Organic foods are free of these additives and may aid your health.
- scented products, such as perfume, laundry detergent, household cleaners, and body care products.
- If you are very sensitive and you can’t determine the cause of your problems avoid using any scented products for at least one month (perfume, laundry detergent, household cleaners, body care products).
DAILY NATURAL HAYFEVER AND ALLERGY PREVENTION
A very simple way to prevent allergies is to clear your nose regularly. This helps to prevent the allergen from coming in contact with your body.
A nasal wash in the morning and at night can help to remove inhaled pollen from the nose. Add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to 1 cup of warm water and use this solution to rinse your nostrils. There are a few products on the market you can try. NetiPot and NeilMed Sinus Rinse.
There are some natural remedies that can help you and your allergies.
Vitamin C---one of the most important substances for our immune system.
Magnesium---considered to be the anti-stress mineral (stress is also often a trigger of an allergic reaction) and helps in the detoxification pathways.
Omega 3---has anti-inflammatory properties that also help with dermatitis and eczema.
Green Tea---rich in phytonutrients that help ward off every day cellular attacks and aid in helping your immune system.
Probiotics---important microorganisms needed in our intestine for digestion and inhibits the growth of disease-promoting pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria.
Multivitamin---provides a boost to our immune systems that could be lacking in nutrients.
HOMEOPATHY REMEDIES -- Homeopathy is a method of treating disease by diluting a substance that causes illness in a well person and using it to combat the symptoms in an unwell person.
OVER THE COUNTER (OTC) REMEDIES FOR TREATMENT OF ALLERGIES
When choosing any product for the relief of symptoms, ask your pharmacist as prescription medications combined with OTC’S can cause an adverse reaction.
Products your pharmacist might recommend could include:
- Claritin (loratidine)
- Reactine (cetirizine)
- Aerius (desloratidine)
- Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
- Chlortripilon (chlorpheniramine)
- Allegra (fexofenadine)
Have questions? Our pharmacists have answers! Call us today.