Spring and warmer weather are often synonymous with seasonal allergies (unfortunately).
Seasonal allergies go by several other names, including allergic rhinitis, seasonal rhinitis, and hay fever. While not everyone has to deal with them, you are definitely not alone — about 20 to 25% of Canadians suffer from allergic rhinitis.
Wondering how to get through allergy season? Here’s the ultimate survival guide:
What are seasonal allergies?
An allergy is an excessive reaction by the immune system to a substance that it perceives as alien. This alien substance is known as an “allergen.” In its presence, the body releases histamine which causes unpleasant symptoms (which is why people with allergies take antihistamines). Pollen is the allergen that causes seasonal allergy. In Canada, ragweed is the leading source of pollen which is why allergies appear periodically, mainly in spring and summer.
What are the most common symptoms?
- Runny nose
- Itchy & watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
What can I do to survive allergy season?
- Reduce the humidity level and keep the room temperature at 19°C.
- Vacuum and dust regularly.
- Wash your bedding in hot water every week.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses to prevent pollen from landing on your head or in your eyes.
- Use a nasal saline solution to wash away pollen you have already inhaled.
- Use eye drops if your eyes are dry and itchy. Eye drops can help both with flushing pollen out of your eyes and remoisturizing dry eyes.
- Take RhinAllergy, a non-drowsy homeopathic medicine that does not contain antihistamines, to relieve symptoms caused by seasonal allergies (hay fever, pollen) and environmental allergens (dust, mould, pet hair) such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and scratchy throat.
You’re all set to enjoy the outdoors this spring! Don’t miss out, it only comes once a year. 😉
This homeopathic medicine may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.