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Allergies in Spring - Hayfever

Posted by Rita Texeira on 8 November 2013


Five tips to help you beat hayfever symptoms

Continual sneezing, a runny or stuffy red nose, itchy ears and throat, hayfever is enough to make your eyes water isn't it? But the good news is that you don't have to suffer through spring and autumn cursing nature, there are steps you can take to ease your hayfever suffering.

With this in mind, here are five tips to help you beat your hayfever symptoms and put spring back in your step.

1. Determine what is triggering your Allergy

The first way to gain control over your hayfever is to find out what is triggering your allergy. To do this you need to monitor when you experience your symptoms.

If your symptoms are worse in spring, it could be caused by tree or grass pollen. If it is worse in autumn, it could be an allergy to weed pollen. If you find it's flaring when the weather is warm it could even be a reaction to fungi and mould spores. If you aren't sure, contact your naturopath or physician to help diagnose your allergy.

2. Avoid certain foods

Often the hayfever symptoms you are feeling are a secondary allergy and they're presenting because of an underlying allergy or intolerance to certain food you eat on a daily basis. These central allergens as they are often called include foods like dairy products, wheat and wheat products, food additives, coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, eggs, oats, nuts, gluten, yeast and glucose.

Because our bodies are so busy trying to fight central allergens, when another allergen like pollen comes into contact with us our bodies can't deal with it and it causes an allergic reaction. This is why most people find their hayfever dramatically reduces or goes completely when they eliminate the foods they are reacting to from their diet.

3. Probiotics

Allergies are caused when your immune system over-reacts to substances like pollens that shouldn't normally cause you a reaction. Seeing the substance as a threat, your body mounts a strong immune defense against it and it causes an allergic reaction.

With the majority of your immune system located in your gut, probiotics can be a great way to bring balance back to your over-reactive immune system by restoring the good bacteria that is often compromised.

4. Anti-histamines and steroid sprays

While they don't provide a long-lasting cure, antihistamines and steroid sprays can help to supress your allergy symptoms and provide temporary relief when it gets too much.

5. Allergy-proof your home

There are a number of ways you can limit the amount of allergens inside your house including:

Take steps to prevent mould and mildew in your kitchen and bathrooms
Remove unnecessary carpets or have them cleaned regularly
Remove dust collecting items like throw pillows and blankets
Wash clothes regularly and put them away quickly
Keep pets outside
Keep windows closed when pollen and mould counts are high
Use special allergy-free pillows and bedding

By following these tips you will be able to minimise your hayfever symptoms and have them present less often. The key to a long-lasting cure though requires comprehensive identification of your allergic reaction and treatment of the underlying causes.

At Resolve Health and Wellness take a proactive approach to finding what is out of balance in your body and, using a range of natural therapies to treat it, put you back in balance.

Stop letting your allergies run your life, call us today on (07) 5525 2211 or  contact us via emailclick here


Author:Rita Texeira
Tags:Allergies - Hayfever

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