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How To Get Seasonal Allergy Relief

3 Adjustments To Your Diet That Will Help You Now

June 9th, 2012

Q: "I suffer from allergies and my current medication makes it worse. Is there an alternative?"

A: There are some things you can try to help you get rid of your allergy symptoms. Watch the video to learn how to get rid of your seasonal allergies with some simple shifts to your diet.

After you have signed up for the Allergy Relief Action Plan, you'll be sent back to this page and emailed the plan.

Other FAQs About Seasonal Allergies:

Q: What are seasonal allergies caused by?

A: Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever and allergic rhinitis, are caused by the pollen released by trees, grasses, and flowers. Because different plants release pollen at different times, "allergy season" can be a wide variety of times depending on your geographic location and particular allergies!

Q: What can I do to reduce my exposure during allergy season?

A: Anytime you go outside, you are being exposed, but what you might not have thought about is the pollen you bring back inside with you! A HEPA filter (high-efficiency particulate air filter) will ensure that pollen that comes in the house is scrubbed from the air.

When you do have to be outside (or want to be!), you can consider the levels of pollen by consulting your local news or weather site, which should track pollen counts for your area and be able to recommend specific times of the day when pollen counts are lower (most often pollen counts are highest in the morning).

Another thing to consider for the nighttime is taking a shower and washing your hair before bed. Pollen from the day sticks to your skin and clothes and transfers to your bed linens, allowing nighttime flares of your allergies and interrupted sleep! Pollen can also transfer to bed linens if you line-dry them outside, so if you suffer from allergies, it is best to machine-dry your laundry.

Q: How can I tell if I have allergies or just a cold?

A: Colds and allergies have very similar symptoms because our body responds to both with an immune response. There are a few differences, however. Allergies generally will not cause a fever, and you will sneeze a lot less with a cold than seasonal allergies! Allergies will only persist as long as you are exposed to the allergen, whereas colds last until your body defeats the invader and heals itself. Also, allergy symptoms tend to appear all at once, whereas you may develop a runny nose first, then a fever, and then start sneezing later with a cold.

Q: Is local honey an effective remedy for seasonal allergies?

A: Most likely honey will not be effective in the treatment of allergy symptoms, despite raw and unfiltered honey containing samples of pollen. One particular reason honey may not be effective is that the pollen that is spread by insects is different than pollen which is spread by the wind (the type most people with seasonal allergies are affected by), and that plants which spread pollen by wind are probably not frequented by honeybees.

Nonetheless, if you have noticed a difference with local honey, you should aim to buy raw, unfiltered honey as this will have the pollen particles left intact for your immune system, and it should be as local as possible. A farmers' market near you is a good source for honey produced in your area.

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