Seasonal Allergy Treatments – Know When to Take Medications
When is the right time to start on seasonal allergy treatments?
Most people reach for allergy medicines when they start to show symptoms or when symptoms interfere with their daily life.
However, the best way to treat them is to prevent symptoms in the first place. That means staying proactive and starting on medicines well before allergy season hits.
Allergies can tear up your eyes in a flash! Your nose might also either run like a faucet, or stuffed up so you can't breathe! You may develop a chronic cough, and feel a steady drip, drip, drip, in the back of your throat. If you have these symptoms, your allergies are showing!
Until recently, pollution was considered the #1 reason for the increase in allergies
. However, other pollutants, like diesel exhaust, perchlorates, (jet fuel), can activate other allergens in your environment, and increase symptoms. (That's double trouble!)
Many more people, (exploding population), drive fuel driven vehicles, so there is an abundance of carbon dioxide in the air. That's another driving factor. (pun intended:o)
Everyone (I hope) knows that plants take in CO2 (carbon dioxide) and release O2 (oxygen). The good news
is that with more plants growing, more oxygen is being released into the air. We have lots of oxygen to breathe!
The bad news
is that plants thrive on carbon dioxide. With more CO2 in the air (from pollution), more weeds will be able to grow and pollinate. The more weeds, the more pollen. That's the really bad news. Ragweed in particular, now has a longer growing season and is able to release more than one billion pollen grains that can travel from 300 to 700 miles in the air.
Indoor pollution is a also a big factor. More than 90 percent of the people in industrialized countries spend most of their time inside. Indoor environments can contain thousands of organic and inorganic substances, such as volatile organic compounds, phthalates, and pesticides.
For these reasons, most physicians suggest that you take preventative action and start on medications before you need them. This becomes more prevalent as the growing seasons get longer and allergies get worse. Spring and fall allergies are triggered by various types of allergens in the air. The symptoms they produce are all very similar. Each symptom however, requires different targeted seasonal allergy
Seasonal Allergy Treatments
Runny nose, sneezing, congestion. Treatment:
For nasal symptoms, a nasal corticosteroid is suggested but these must be prescribed by your doctor. Nasal sprays block allergens from entering your body. Using them every day will help cut back on symptoms and provide you the best relief. Sporadic dosages are not as effective as daily dosages. To avoid side effects, such as nosebleeds and stinging, when you use the nasal spray, always spray outward, inside the nose towards the ears. That keeps the steroid away from the nasal septum, which is the partition between the right and left side of the nose.
Other methods to relieve congestion are non-drowsy antihistamines, and include OTC Claritin Reditabs
, and/or Alavert
, and other non prescription medications.
If symptoms are bad or severe, always opt for the ‘D’; like Claritin D or Allegra D. The ‘D’ stands for ‘decongestant’. These may also be used for anyone who has problems using nasal sprays. If you’re trying to save money, opt for the generic brand. They use the same ingredients as do the more expensive seasonal allergy treatments.
is a second generation antihistamine. It replaces the first generation, Benadryl. (diphenhydramine) Loratadine is well liked because it has fewer side effects and lasts longer. A popular brand is AllerClear
If you prefer more holistic seasonal allergy treatments, try Natural Allergy Remedies
Itchy, watery eyes.
Prescription eye drops stabilize the cells in the eyes that react to allergens and can be used in combination with other treatments.
Sinus congestion can cause sinus headaches that can be very debilitating. Relieve sinus pressure by taking a combination of pain reliever, (like Ibuprofen), and decongestant or antihistamine. Advil Sinus tabs work really well, as do more holistic brands.
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If one treatment doesn't provide the relief you need, you may require a combination of more than one treatment.
Many people who take antihistamines complain about it ‘not working’ after the first few months. However, it’s a fact that antihistamines do not lose their effect over time. Instead, seasonal allergies may just be getting worse. Seasonal allergy treatments might now need to include multiple medications, because different allergies can cause a wider range of additional symptoms.
Certain Foods Are Triggers
A little known fact about fall seasonal allergies is that certain foods can trigger allergy symptoms in people who suffer from allergies. For example, up to 50 percent of people who are allergic to ragweed may also experience a tingling, burning, or itching in the mouth when they eat certain foods due to a similar allergy trigger in ragweed.
Those foods include: melons, banana, zucchini, cucumber, sunflower seeds, and chamomile teas. That means that anyone with an allergy to ragweed becomes particularly sensitive to other allergy triggers when they are bombarded with ragweed pollen.
Just as it is with treating other medical conditions, treating and preventing seasonal allergies
sometimes takes trial and error.
If one medication or approach doesn't work, talk to your doctor about testing to determine if year-round (perennial) allergy triggers may be causing your symptoms, such as pet dander or dust.
Other Allergy Options
Did you know that most allergens are harmless. If that wasn't the case, then everybody would react to them. The fault lies within your immune system. You get allergies cause your body's immune system isn't performing properly.
Your body has two choices on how it responds to any foreign invader. Bacteria, parasites, toxins and allergens all stimulate your body's Killer T2 cells to react. (Viruses, yeast and cancer cells activate your Killer T1 cells.)
More often than not, seasonal allergies are the result of your body's over-reaction of T2 cells in your immune system. Consequently, there's an under-response against viruses and cancer cells.
Killer T1 and T2 cells should be playing a balancing act in your body. Instead of avoiding allergic triggers, taking antihistamines, or other OTC's, try relieving your symptoms naturally.
If you like using natural modalities, find some good tips here:
Boosting Immunity – Healthy Foods that Keep You Well
Natural Seasonal Allergy Treatments
Reduce Stress - Stress causes your body to produce cortisol which triggers more T2 cells.
Eat More Peppers! Vitamin C and quercetin can stop histamine from being released. Histamine is responsible for a lot of the typical allergy symptoms. Eat more peppers (red, orange, and yellow), kiwi, broccoli, and onions.
Take Fish Oil - Omega-3 fatty acids help control allergic responses.
Try Probiotics - These friendly bacteria will do wonders for your allergies by improving your gut's immune response. Did you know that an estimated 70 percent of your immunity lies in your intestinal tract?
Cleanse Your Body - Toxins keep T2 cells from adequately coping with something as seemingly harmless as ragweed.
For people with allergies that last for more than six months and have tried all of the seasonal allergy treatments but gotten little relief, allergy shots may your only option. Allergy shots require a regular series of shots that contain small amounts of the allergen to eventually desensitize you to the allergy.
Most people however, only suffer from brief bouts of seasonal allergy symptoms. If you are presently taking other prescription medications, check with your doctor first before taking allergy medicines. Some medications can interact with some seasonal allergy treatments. The best allergy season treatments are non-drowsy antihistamine's. Antihistamines that make you drowsy can interfere with high blood pressure medications, in particular.
Loratadine - New Generation of Seasonal Allergy Treatments
Loratadine is an antihistamine that is used for typical allergy symptoms, such as a stuffy or runny nose, itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat (due to allergies), and rashes, itching, and hives. (It can also be used in some cases to limit asthma attacks).
Antihistamines block the release of histamine, a naturally occurring substance in the body that produces all the allergy symptoms we want to get rid of.
There are several antihistamines you can purchase over the counter, Loratadine is a second generation antihistamine, and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is the older first generation product. Loratadine will be very slightly more expensive than diphenhydramine, as it is the newer of the two. However, I believe it is a much superior product because is has so few side effects.
The usual dose of Loratadine is 10 mg a day. This offers an advantage over the first generation antihistamines, in that they are dosed every 8 hours. The main and most significant advantage of Loratadine over the first generation antihistamines is that Loratadine will not cause drowsiness and has less overall side effects and less adverse interactions with other medications (and alcohol).
People with liver disease should discuss the use of Loratadine with their doctor. Pregnant women should avoid using Loratadine as studies have shown a risk to the fetus.
Loratadine is very effective in treating allergy symptoms and one of the best seasonal allergy treatments available. AllerClear is also a popular brand.
Whatever seasonal allergy treatments you decide to try, be sure you don't become a prisoner in your own home. Staying inside instead of enjoying the great outdoors, can be even more of a bummer than dealing with allergies.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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