by Ruth A. McKinney, DC
While Chattanooga has been voted one of the 16 best places to live in the U.S., it’s also one of the ten worst cities for allergies. Changing weather patterns have caused warmer temperatures and higher pollen counts, resulting in earlier and longer pollen seasons. If you have itchy eyes and a runny nose, you’re suffering from allergy symptoms.
A good way to begin “pollen management” is to keep it out of your house. Each time you leave your house you are bombarded with pollen. When you return home, take your shoes off outside or near the door to avoid tracking in pollen. If you have a pet that goes outside, wipe them down with a damp towel when they come back inside. Consider keeping your pet out of your bedroom during allergy season. Take a shower to wash the pollen off your body and hair. Rinse your sinuses with a saline rinse. Make sure you go to sleep on a clean pillow case. Place a small HEPA air filter in your bedroom so you can breathe filtered air during sleep.
There are several effective herbal supplements that are good alternatives to over the counter medication. Butterbur is helpful for treatment of cough, asthma, hay fever, and headaches. Green tea is a natural antihistamine that will help with congestion. Licorice root increases the body’s production of natural steroids that help lower inflammation and over reaction of the immune system.
Eating healthy and clean is always good for your body. Drinking more water and hot tea or soup will help loosen mucus congestion. Spicy hot food and herbs like hot ginger, cayenne pepper, and fenugreek will also clear nasal passages. Eliminating dried fruit and dairy products like cheese will reduce swelling of the blood vessels in your nose. Cucumber, melons and bananas can also make symptoms worse. Because it contains our local pollen, two tablespoons a day of honey from the Chattanooga area helps improve symptoms.
Treating allergy symptoms takes a combination of tactics, patience and persistence. Whether you suffer from ongoing allergies or seasonal allergies, these natural remedies should help you get out there and enjoy life again.
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