It’s that time of year again when you are seeing cars covered in pollen, and you know allergy season has arrived. You’re sneezing, your eyes are red and itchy, your asthma is acting up and you have a lot of sinus drainage. These allergy symptoms are making life miserable for you and you want to do something about it. Before you resort to antihistamines and decongestants, discover some things you can do, naturally, to help prevent having those allergy symptoms in the first place.
Common Allergy Symptoms
Below are just a few of the many symptoms that can be caused by allergies:
- Stuffy, runny nose
- Frequent headaches
- Sneezing, post nasal drainage or itching of the nose
- Frequent “colds”
- Recurrent or chronic sinus infections
- Recurrent yeast infections, jock itch or athlete’s foot
- Itching, watering, redness or swelling of the eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Recurrent ear infections
- Recurrent cough or bronchitis
- Tightness in the chest, wheezing or asthma
- Eczema, skin rashes, itching or hives
- Indigestion, bloating, diarrhea or constipation
14 Allergy Prevention Tips
Here are some things you can do starting today to help prevent and fight allergies:
1. Neti Pot or Nasal Wash – Rinse your nose and sinuses of pollen daily with a Neti Pot or nasal wash spray to decrease your exposure to allergens.
2. Clean Air Filters and Air Vents – Change air filters regularly and consider using a HEPA air filter for your home. Clean all air vents of dust and mold.
3. Vitamin C – For prevention, take a minimum of 2,000 mg (up to 6,000 mg) per day of vitamin C, which is a natural antihistamine.
4. Immune Boosting Supplements – Add probiotics, vitamin D, fish oil, and Cat’s Claw to your daily regimen. Take colostrum for immune support, and magnesium which is helpful for asthma. Take colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic, as needed for sinus infections.
5. Dust Mite Covers – The presence of dust mites increases the allergy load on allergic individuals. Dust mites are insects that live in our bedding, crawl on our skin and eat our dead skin. The average bed has 1,000,000 dust mites. Use dust mite covers for your pillows, mattress and box spring to decrease contact with dust mites and keep them from aggravating your allergies at night. This material is so tightly bound that dust mites cannot get through.
6. Cleanse Yourself of Pollen – If you have been outside, change your clothes and shoes when you walk through the door so you don’t bring allergens into your home. Also take a shower to help remove excess pollen.
7. Reduce Exposure to Allergens – You want to reduce your exposure to the allergens when they’re at their peak and remove them from your environment as much as possible. Go outdoors after 10 am, for example. Dust early in the day to give dust time to settle before you settle down in the evening. Keep pets out of bedrooms and replace carpets with hardwood floors, if possible.
8. Upgrade Your Cleaning Procedures – The things you come into contact with every day are the ones most likely to trigger allergies. This means cleaning everyday things like your clothes and bed sheets. Add baking soda or vinegar to the washing machine to get rid of excess detergent residue.
9. Yeast-Free Diet – Yeast (Candida) overgrowth puts stress on the immune system and can lead to food allergies. By doing a yeast-free eating program, you can reduce the load on the immune system, and help prevent allergies.
10. Eat Healthy – Clean up your diet. If you decide on the yeast-free eating program, this will be done for you. Even if not, remember that the less junk food you eat, the better off you will be. Eat organic fruits and vegetables and avoid fast food.
11. Drink Clean, Filtered Water – Pollutants, pesticides and plastics in tap water have xenoestrogens which mimic estrogen and disrupt hormones. When your hormones are out of balance, your immune system can become unstable making you more susceptible to allergies.
12. Find Out What’s Making You React – Know what you’re allergic to. A food elimination diet can help you narrow down what’s making you sick. Try keeping a journal so you can pinpoint your allergy triggers, whether it’s food or something in your environment.
13. Balance Hormones – Hormone imbalance can trigger the underlying predisposition in the immune system to allergies. When you balance hormones, it’s easier to control allergies.
14. Allergy Drops – Use allergy drops, rather than shots, for allergy treatment. Place a few drops under your tongue each day to build up antibodies to allergens. Drops are safer than shots, and they’re certainly more convenient. Allergy drops are effective allergy desensitization treatments that are widely used in Europe. In fact, they are the only method used in Great Britain.
Antihistamines and Decongestants Don’t Get Rid of Allergies
Unfortunately, many people with allergies accept these symptoms as a way of life and depend upon on antihistamines and decongestants to try and manage their symptoms. These medications will not stop your allergy symptoms from reoccurring because they fail to address the underlying cause of allergies – an overreactive immune system. These drugs only attempt to mask the allergy symptoms and cause side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, stomach upset, blurred vision and skin rashes.
Allergy Drops to the Rescue
At Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we have been treating allergies with allergy drops for decades. You can greatly reduce and even eliminate your allergy and asthma symptoms naturally by resolving the underlying cause which involves strengthening your immune system. Sublingual allergy drops, or drops taken under the tongue, are a safe, effective and convenient allergy desensitization treatment. By building up good blocking antibodies to the allergens to which you react, you can desensitize your immune system to those substances and actually block the allergy reaction. This allergy treatment is similar to an immunization, and desensitizes you to the allergens. Instead of driving to the doctor’s office for weekly allergy shots, you can simply put a few drops under your tongue in the comfort of your home. Watch as Dr. Hotze explains the benefits of allergy drops:
Allergy Question Checklist
Consider the following questions to find out if you would benefit from allergy treatment:
- Do your symptoms worsen during a particular season, such as the spring or fall?
- Do your symptoms change when you go indoors or outdoors?
- Are your symptoms worse in parks or grassy areas?
- Are your symptoms worse in the bedroom after going to bed, or in the morning upon arising?
- Do you awaken in the middle of the night with congestion?
- Are your symptoms worse when you come into contact with dust?
- Are your symptoms worse around animals?
- Do you have any blood relatives with allergies?
- Do you have mood swings or feel depressed for no reason?
- Do you have recurrent yeast infections, jock itch, athlete’s foot, or fungus under your toenails?
- Do you develop symptoms after eating or drinking certain foods?
- Do you sometimes feel stimulated, hyperactive or fatigued after meals?
- Do you have a crease across the bridge of your nose?
Allergy Workshop – March 20th – 6-7:30 p.m.
Join us for a presentation by Steven F. Hotze, M.D. to learn more about allergies and allergy remedies.
When: Tuesday, March 20th
Time: 6:00- 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hotze Health & Wellness Center
Seating is limited. Click here to register.
We look forward to seeing you there!