Pollen allergy can cause itchy watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, hives, fatigue, and irritability.
For many allergy sufferers, pollen can be a vicious word reminiscent of many sneezy, unhealthy days and nights. How can fine powder released from flowering plants affect our senses so greatly?
To explain…pollen is a plant’s only form of reproduction and it’s produced in mass quantities. It’s carried in the air and can land in a person’s eyes, nose, lungs and on skin.
For people with allergies, pollen is an allergen that causes an allergic reaction. Their immune system treats the pollen as an invader and responds by mobilizing to attack by producing large amounts of antibody. This allergic reaction can cause the following symptoms: itchy watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, hives, fatigue, and irritability.
Common Symptoms Include
Itchy eyes, sneezing, blocked or runny nose, sinus pain and headache are all common symptoms of seasonal allergies. These symptoms can be very debilitating for sufferers during peak season.
Thankfully the experts report that the pollen should taper over the next 4 weeks. In the meantime, here is some helpful advice to get you through:
Alcohol is a stimulator of histamine in the body which will make allergy symptoms worse so avoid for the rest of the pollen season. Id also advise the same for sugar and sugar sweetened foods.
Herbal antihistamines and decongestants
Natural agents that arrest the production of histamine and will lessen the severity of the symptoms, and without the sedative side effects or impairment of psychomotor skills.
Garlic has powerful antihistamine properties. It is a vaso-constrictor and thus reduces the swelling of the mucosa of the nose and conjunctiva of the eyes. Other beneficial herbs are Hyssop, Goldenseal, Lobelia and eyebright. I generally find that a blend of all of these herbal medicines in to one formula works best clinically. Also worth trying is the clinically proven herbal blend called Sinupret. Contact the clinic on 0719142940 for more details.
Avoid peek pollen times
US pollen allergy expert Dr. Hadjiev cautioned against walking or jogging in the mornings, when pollen dispersal is highest. Hair gel, Dr. Hadjiev said, is "a pollen magnet" so its worth avoiding too.