More people than ever before say they are suffering from allergies, particularly seasonal. In fact, over 67 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. Experts say the mild winter and early spring could mean higher-than-average pollen counts. Those with allergies will face a rougher go than in years’ past. This year is an even bigger challenge as many people are concerned if their symptoms are due to allergies or the COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and a fever.
Dr. Aaron Kobernick, M.D. an allergist and immunologist at University of Utah Health says, “You just don’t get fevers from allergies like you do with the flu, COVID-19, or the common cold.” Typically, it is rare to have a stuffy or runny nose with COVID-19. The disease causes symptoms like body aches and tiredness that aren’t associated with environmental or perennial allergies. Allergies are generally prolonged, whereas COVID-19 symptoms are contracted and progress more seriously over a shorter period. However, if you are not sure or concerned contact your medical doctor.
Normally, the immune system reacts if it registers an attack by harmful substances such as viruses or bacteria. For people with seasonal allergies, their immune systems are working too hard and react even when relatively harmless substances, such as pollen, are present. The severity of an allergic reaction can vary.
Allergic reactions can trigger sneezing, wheezing, mucus, coughing, itching and hives. Allergies are not only irritating, but many have been linked to chronic respiratory problems such as sinusitis and asthma. Allergic reactions can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening.
Mast cells are a type of white blood cell which contains histamine, an important natural chemical weapon in the body's arsenal for fighting infection. However too much histamine increases the inflammatory symptoms associated with allergies.
Healthy adrenal function is very important for mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies.
Every day a variety of stressors signal our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. A wide range of physical and psychological demands like a stressful job, family responsibilities, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial concerns, pain and emotional distress trigger our adrenals.
According to the findings in the 2014 April issue of the “Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology” people with seasonal allergies who had high levels of stress suffer more severe symptoms.
Stress appears to trigger symptom flare-ups. Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University states, "Symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes can cause added stress for allergy sufferers and may even be the root of stress for some. While alleviating stress won't cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms."
One of the best things you can do is to reduce your stress factors as much as possible. Don’t take on extras that you don’t absolutely need to do. Get to bed earlier. Sleep is very important for adrenal rejuvenation. Start toning down the amount of caffeine you consume. It may jack you up for the moment but will burn out the adrenals faster in the long run. Eat a balanced diet of protein and carbohydrates and no skipping meals. Hypoglycemia only aggravates the problem of adrenal fatigue.
The trick is to get ahead of the allergy reaction and cut it off at the pass and there are numerous supplements that can help.
Stinging Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine, which means it naturally reduces the body’s ability to over produce histamine. It is often used in combination with other herbs for allergy relief.
Quercetin Bioflavanoid Complex (Natural Factors) has the ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine and other inflammatory signals. This means the less histamine that is stored the less there is to release. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is most effective when you start taking it about 3 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.
Allergy Support Plus (Health Products Distributors) Contains: Vitamin C, B-6, pantothenic acid, magnesium, zinc, selenium, nettle leaf, bromelain, curcuminoids, n-acetyl-cysteine, Vincare grapeseed, licorice, alpha lipoic acid, bioperene.
Sinus Source (Solaray) Contains:Vitamin C, Quercetin, Freeze dried nettle, Cayenne, Boswellia, Gingko Biloba, Serrapeptase.
Butterbur (Solaray) is a flowering herb European clinical studies have demonstrated that can be as effective as the leading allergy drugs Zyrtec® and Allegra®. Best of all it is free of the debilitating side effects of traditional antihistamines used to treat allergies, including palpitations, severe drowsiness, and fatigue. Research show rosmarinic found in Butterbur normalizes the inflammation and immune response that accompany allergic reactions.
Adrenal Cytotrophin (Enzyme Process) a glandular formula which is pure nutrition for the adrenals 2 tabs before breakfast.
Relora (Lifetime Vitamins) is an herbal combination formula that helps to keep the adrenals stable and prevent excessive inflammatory adrenal hormone production and allergic over-reaction.
Xlear Sinus Nasal spray (Xlear) washed out allergens from the sinuses & rehydrates the tissues so they don’t get overly dried out.
Homeopathic Similisan Allergy Eye drops alleviate itchy, burning, watery eyes.
Homeopathic formulas: Umka Allergy & Sinus, BHI Allergy, NatraBio Allergy & Sinus
Dietary Changes: Decrease mucus producing foods such as dairy (including yogurt & cheese), soy products, and wheat. Try to eat more greens as they are natural detoxifiers. Also drink lots of water. Peppermint tea is great for allergies as it is anti-inflammatory and decongestant.
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Jane Jansen Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc.
Host Holistic Healthline Radio
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