Why Food Sensitivity Testing can help before Allergy Season Begins by Dr. Katie Disharoon ND @ Hillclimb Chiropractic Clinic
Itching, watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, irritability, fatigue… yep, welcome to Spring!
Up to 30% of US adults suffer from allergies or allergic rhinitis — many of those are seasonal allergy sufferers. Seasonal allergies are usually caused by tree and grass pollens and come back year after year. Perennial allergy sufferers experience symptoms year-round, which are commonly caused by indoor allergens such as dust mites, animal dander and mold spores.
No matter when or how they strike, allergies can be very uncomfortable.
In the Seattle area, seasonal allergies are typically the worst in April and May — when the highest numbers of trees, flowers and grasses are in bloom.
You know your symptoms are coming…. So why not get in front of it this year? Get prepared for allergy season by preparing for it!
Now that powerful allergy medications like Claritin and Zyrtec are available over the counter, people are self-treating their allergies. Not everyone can tolerate these medications and they are not without possible side effects. If you’re looking for a drug free alternative to help control your allergies, read on!
What causes allergy symptoms?
Allergies are caused by contact between allergens (pollen, spores, dander, etc) and the skin lining the nose, mouth and sinuses. The contact in some people causes stimulation of the immune system and the release of substances like histamine which causes congestion, sneezing and itching of the nearby areas. Fatigue and irritability are often experienced by allergy sufferers as well. For some people these symptoms are so miserable they end up missing work or school or having serious events related to their allergies such as worsening of other conditions like asthma or increased incidence of infections. Additionally, there is an immune relationship between allergies, eczema and asthma as they often appear together.
Drug Free Options
The main idea behind drug free treatments for allergens involves: decreasing exposure, decreasing immune reactivity, calming respiratory tissues.
- Avoid areas where allergens are prevalent (i.e. don’t mow the yard in allergy season)
- Make sure your bedroom air, bedding and surfaces are clean – this is where you spend ⅓ of your life, after all. Keep dust down and clean as far from bedtime as possible. Wear a dust mask if possible during allergy season while cleaning.
Decreasing immune reactivity:
- Consider food sensitivities — could these be an issue for you? Many people have an easier time during allergy season if they’re avoiding their food sensitivities.
- Use anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine supplements. Bioflavanoids are natural substances shown to decrease histamine release (ex: quercetin and vitamin C are bioflavanoids).
Calm Respiratory tissues:
- Use a Neti-Pot or other device especially at the end of the day.
- Use steam inhalation to help soothe irritated tissues.
Ready to learn more? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Disharoon today to work on tackling your allergies before they are out of control this season.