8 Ways to Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

May 8, 2021

During allergy season, it is important to know there are things you can do to alleviate these symptoms and enhance your body’s ability to fight them off. Here are 8 ways to alleviate and reduce allergies.

When I was young and naïve, I believed that people who complained about allergies were just overexaggerating. Each Spring I watched my friend, Lisa, sneeze and search through her purse for a Kleenex, Zyrtec, and an inhaler.

I listened to my father complain about the pine trees in Texas and how they made it impossible to breathe. Then in 2014, I married a man who was allergic to everything. He could not tolerate the oak trees, the pine trees, the flowers, the grass, household dust, or my 14-year-old cat.

At first, I thought “This man just wants attention,” but then it happened to me. At 40 I started to experience Spring and all its pollen just like Lisa, my dad, and my husband. Now, not only do I suffer every Spring along with them, but three of our children do as well.

For a couple of years, I ignored it, and each season, I would end up with a nasty case of Sinusitis. I eventually wised up and realized there were better ways to prevent a trip to the doctor. Here are eight of the natural ways I alleviate our seasonal allergy symptoms.

Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

Symptoms of seasonal allergies range from mild to severe. The most common include:

sneezing

runny or stuffy nose

watery and itchy eyes

itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals

ear congestion

postnasal drainage

Less common symptoms include:

headache

shortness of breath

wheezing

coughing

During allergy season, it is important to know there are things you can do to alleviate these symptoms and enhance your body’s ability to fight them off. Here are 8 ways to alleviate and reduce allergies.

8 Ways to Alleviate Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

1 – Vitamin C – When I start to feel like I am suffering from allergies, I pass out packets of Emergen-C.. When allergens invade your body, the body response by producing histamines, which cause mucus, sore throats, runny noses, etc. When you take Vitamin C, the histamine cannot form. If you already are feeling rundown, Vitamin C can shorten the illness time. Here’s an article on the subject – Does Vitamin C for Allergies Work? | New Health Advisor

2 – Immune boosting teas – Drinking green tea before the start of allergy season can, like Vitamin C, prevent histamines from forming. In the past, I have just bought the store brand green tea; however, with other viruses wreaking havoc on us, I switched to a mug of Ready Nutrition’s Immune Support Tea every night before bed. Not only does it provide immune support, but it helps me sleep too.

3 – Nasal irrigation – While nasal irrigation looks scary, I promise it isn’t. It requires pouring a saline solution into a nostril and letting the nasal cavity carry it to the other nostril, which washes out all the allergens and mucus. You can use a simple Nettie pot or a more advanced system like a SinuPulse Elite, which is what my husband uses.

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