Defeat allergies naturally in summer
As if a runny nose and red eyes weren't enough to ruin your warm weather look, summer allergies can gift you with even more than you've bargained for this year. In fact, some unusual symptoms can leave you looking like you lost a round in a boxing ring.
An allergy isa reaction by your immune systemto a foreign airborne substance, called an allergen.
Airborne agentscould be something you eat, inject into your body, inhale into your lungsor touch which could cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose,and a scratchy throat.In severe cases, it can cause rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble, asthma attacks,and even death.
According to asthma and allergy foundation of America (AAFA), more than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year and made it as the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
Histamine, a neurotransmitter that has a central role as a mediator of itching, is intended to attack harmful agents and remove them from the body. One of the main things that histamine does is cause inflammation.
The good news is there are many natural remedies you can try to control your allergy symptoms:
It's a sunny day. But if the pollen count is high, keep the windows and doors closed to protect your indoor air. You can also install a HEPA filter on your air-conditioning system to keep your room clean and free from airborne agents.
Airborne agents can cause certain cells in the body to produce histamine that is responsible for common seasonal complaints like tearing, excess mucus and a runny nose. Adding vitamin C to your day prevents the formation of histamine.
One of the easiest ways to lessen allergy symptoms is to begin by eliminating them from the indoor environment as much as possible.After being outdoors, your clothes, shoes, hair, and skin are covered with tiny particles from everywhere you've been. Before entering the house, removeto avoid tracking outside pollutants into rugs, carpet, and other areas where they can linger and trigger symptoms.
Wearing a mask keeps allergens from getting into your airways when you can't avoid certain allergy triggers, like when you work in your yard or vacuum.
Paying attention to your dietplays a role in your overall health, and allergies are no exception. Keep fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet including pineapple, cucumbers, melons, bananas, sunflower seeds, wheat,etc.
Pollens adhere to our mucous membranes.A nasal rinse with a neti pot, sinus irrigator or nasal oilscleans mucus from your nose and can ease allergy symptoms there.
Chronic stress can aggravate allergic conditions.Stress hormones wreak havoc in the body and especially in the immune system, making seasonal allergies even worse. Consider methods of stress management such as meditation, taking time out for self-care and avoid overcommitting your schedule.
Cigarette smokecan worsen your runny, itchy, stuffy nose and watery eyes. Choose smoke-free restaurants, nightclubs, and hotel rooms.Avoid other fumes that can make your symptoms worse, too, like aerosol sprays and smoke from wood-burning fireplaces.
The writer is a student of Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) at BSMRSTU