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Seasonal allergies: symptoms, causes and treatment

The allergy season is considered to be the time of year when the pollen count is increasing and people with allergies are more likely to start having symptoms; therefore, the allergy season occurs during spring and summer. People that have allergies normally react to pollen, which are tiny grains that contain the male gametes of seed plants. Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Looking for ways to manage it? Here's what you need to know.


What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to pollen?

Pollen allergies are different for each individual. Some people have mild symptoms, others have more severe ones. The most common symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat and coughing. Wheezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes and allergic asthma are also common. Another condition associated with pollen is pollen rash, which is a rash that appears red, swollen and itchy with clearly defined edges.
The type of grass pollen you are allergic to determines the severity of your allergy. Your location can also affect your allergic reaction symptoms since grass types can vary depending on where you are.
The majority of individuals with seasonal allergies are allergic to multiple types of grass.
Grass allergies are most common in these grasses: 
  • Bermuda
  • Johnson
  • Kentucky
  • Orchard
  • Rye
  • Sweet Vernal
  • Timothy

What are the best ways to treat allergies?

Here's some advice from one of our practitioners on how you can manage your seasonal allergy symptoms. Here's what might help. 
Histamine - Histamine is a nitrogenous compound that plays a role in local immune responses. Allergies are triggered by histamine response. An allergen triggers mast cells to release histamine, which binds to receptors on other cells, triggering a chain of events that leads to symptoms of an allergic reaction.
HistaminX pills
are really helpful to counteract that response. If you have a reaction from histamine, the histaminX pills can help - they stop your histamine response and help reduce inflammation. Several herbs have also been added to this supplement like glucoraphanin, bromelain and bioflavonoids which have been shown to help ease seasonal allergies.
Allergy patches-
The allergy patches we have to contain quercetin, nettle, bromelain, luteolin, ruting, and NAC. These ingredients have been shown to target histamine response and reduce the severity of allergic symptoms. To manage your allergic reaction in an optimal way, our practitioner recommends combining allergy patches with HistamineX.

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in small amounts in fruits and veggies. It's a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well as antiviral. Histamine levels and inflammation can be reduced while taking quercetin, which can help manage seasonal allergies. The benefits of quercetin for seasonal allergies include reducing histamine levels, stabilising mast cells, and inhibiting inflammatory mediators. Also, quercetin may help reduce symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. This works best when combined with HistaminX and the allergy patches.

Is there a way to truly cure pollen allergy?

This is a complicated question, and it varies for each individual, as there have been instances where people have completely reversed their allergies, however it very much depends on the cause and severity of them. Even if some allergies are irreversible, there are always ways to manage them so you can minimise your symptoms. Try these tips to lower the chance of getting an allergic reaction:  
  • Touch your face as little as you can; it's hard not to itch, but it can make your symptoms worse.
  • Shut the windows, if you open the windows, it's possible for pollen to get into your house.
  • On dry days, stay inside. Consider going to windy places (tip: go to the beach) 
  • You shouldn't hang your laundry outside, the pollen will stick to it and could irritate your skin as you wear it or use it.
  • When pollen counts are high, wear sunglasses
  • If you've been outside, take a shower to get rid of pollen
  • It is important to keep the air clean, so consider buying an
    air purifier

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