Seasonal Allergies: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Home Remedies

Seasonal Allergies

If you suffer from a runny nose, sneezing, cough, itchy, red and watery eyes at a certain time every year then you are probably suffering from seasonal allergies.
This article will provide you with necessary information about seasonal allergies along with potent home remedies.

Home Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

Home Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

What Causes Seasonal Allergies

The main culprit behind the allergies is pollen and molds. But not everyone is sensitive to pollen grains and molds. However, there are individuals who are allergic to them. In individuals with the oversensitive immune system, when the count of pollen goes up and invades their body histamine is released in excess. This reaction is very strong leaving them with a runny nose, congested chest, cough, watery eyes and sneezing.

Causes Seasonal Allergies

Causes Seasonal Allergies

Spring is the prime season for seasonal allergies. Spring is the time when plants and trees are blossoming thus, the pollen count is at peak during this time. The pollen count remains high during summers. During summers grass allergy is at its boom. During late summers and autumn again, there is an increase in the weed pollen count.

What are the Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies

Symptoms of seasonal allergies include runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, puffy eyes, red and watery eye, wheezing respiration, cough, headache, fatigue and irritation in the throat.

Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies

Symptoms Of Seasonal Allergies

What are the Treatment Options For Seasonal Allergies

If the seasonal allergy is not controlled or in the case you have asthma, then it may lead to serious life-threatening conditions. Thus, it is very important to treat seasonal allergies in time.

To relieve and suppress the symptoms of seasonal allergies your health care provider may prescribe you antihistamines. But these medicines may cause unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, stomach upset, and irritability.

In some cases, your doctor may prescribe steroid medications. The steroids may result in unwanted weight gain, diabetes, fluid retention, contract, muscle weakening and osteoporosis.

For successful treatment of allergies, it is better to bring changes in your lifestyle, diet and try natural and safe home remedy for allergies. All these approaches will not only alleviate the symptoms as well as also boost your immunity.

What are the Home Remedies For Seasonal Allergies

  1. A Neti Pot-

    Neti pot is used to flush out the allergens from the nasal cavity. This thins the mucus and relieves the congestion. Neti pot looks like a small teapot and is easily available in the market. Take boiled and distilled water. Add a teaspoon of sea salt in it. Now mix properly and pour the solution in the Neti pot. With the help of Neti pot irrigate one of your nostrils. Tilt your head so that saline solution is drained out of the other nostril. Repeat this with another nostril.

    A Neti Pot

    A Neti Pot

  2. Turmeric-

    Turmeric is a yellow spice that contains curcumin. Curcumin acts as a natural decongestant and thus, reduce the symptoms of allergy. Take a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of honey and half teaspoons of turmeric to it. Mix well and drink the concoction. Better start drinking this a month before the allergy season.

  3. Peppermint Tea-

    Peppermint tea also acts as a natural decongestant. It possesses antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking peppermint tea can inhibit the allergic reactions.

    Peppermint Tea

    Peppermint Tea

    Steep a tablespoon of dry peppermint powder in a cup of boiling water. After 15 minutes, strain it and drink the solution.
  4. Garlic-

    Garlic is a well-known home remedy for allergy. It is known to boost the immune system and act as natural anti-histamine.
    Add garlic to your cooking a month before the allergy season. You may also eat 2-3 garlic cloves everyday to ease the allergy symptoms.

  5. Lemon-

    Being a natural antihistamine and rich source of vitamin C, lemon has proven its effectiveness to keep allergies at bay. Drink a glass of lime juice daily in the morning during the allergy season.

    lime juice

    lime juice

  6. Apple Cider Vinegar-

    To keep the doctor away during the allergy season start taking apple cider vinegar a month before the start of the season. Apple cider vinegar boosts immunity and also eases allergy symptoms.
    Take a glass of warm water and add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to it. Also, add a teaspoon of honey. Drink this concoction every day a month before the start of allergy season and during the season.

Lifestyle Strategies To Combat Seasonal Allergies

To prevent exposure to the allergens during allergy season you need to take a few preventive measures. Keep doors and windows of your cars and houses closed. Use filter masks when you are outdoors. Bath two times in the morning as well as before going to bed. Keep your house clean. Better remove carpets as they attract pollens. Wash your clothes and bed covers daily. The fur of pets attracts pollens so better wipe them daily. Keep yourself hydrated. Exclude foods such as caffeine, conventional dairy, chocolates, peanuts, sugar, alcohol, cucumbers, soy, chamomile, processed foods and wheat. Include yogurt, honey, vitamin C rich food and bone broth in your diet.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.