What to do when suffering from allergies

Marlon Kahmann


When the first rays of sunshine penetrate the clouds, the first plant sprouts, the first sneezing attacks overcome the crowd; you can say the pollen flies, without a doubt.

Spring brings plenty of delights: warmer weather, longer days, and blossoming trees. But these seasonal changes aren’t welcomed by everyone. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), 50 million people all over the United States are affected from allergies. And allergies are increasing. They affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. The AAFA reports over 200,000 registered cases of emergency visits on food allergies.

But what for most people is the most horrible time of their summer is for the pharmaceutical companies the most worthwhile season of the year.

These companies would earn $17.5 billion in 2010 in sales off of many different branded products. They create drugs which are promising customers’ significant improvements.

I can speak as one of the people affected by allergies and as one who has tried tons of different products and therapies. It took me and my family several years to find products that helped me. Although, according to NRDC, Oregon is a convenient state to live in when suffer from allergies and Portland is rated as the best city for spring allergies, a lot of people are affected by allergies.

Some allergies are severe and require the attention of a doctor or other health care professional. But, I also learned that you can relieve your allergies in different non-medicational ways. Home remedies may provide all the relief you need, with relatively little expense or hassle.

It sounds almost too simple to be true but eating local honey can significantly reduce your suffer from allergies. The bees transfer pollen from flower blossoms to honey. A 2011 study from Finland found that eating a little honey every day help you become gradually inoculated against the irritating effects of pollen.

An effective way to relieve your allergies inside is to shower every time you went outside. A quick rinse after spending time outdoors can help remove allergens from your skin and hair and prevent them from spreading to clothes, furniture, pillowcases and other surfaces where they’re likely to bother you.

According to www.Health.com tea is another way to reduce your suffering from allergies. Holding your face over a hot cup of tea may open your nasal passages, but the steam isn’t the only thing that’s beneficial. The menthol in peppermint tea, for instance, can break up mucus and help clear it out of your nose and throat.

Another option is simply spend all spring and summer inside and go only then outside again when all the flowers and leaves turn brown.

But that’s no fun.