Do you have allergies but despise taking medication for them constantly? Then keep reading today’s guest article by Sheerin Jafri for allergy triggers and some natural solutions.
People with allergies are always on the verge sneezing or getthing sick. A slight change in the weather and their immune system starts acting all abnormal. The hardest to deal with are seasonal allergies relating to respiratory problems. If your immune system starts overreacting during certain times of the year causing you to sneeze, wheeze, breathe with difficulty or other such symptoms. then you are most likely allergic and need to be aware of your allergy triggers.
However, seasonal allergic attacks mostly occur in spring, summer and at the start of fall. However, people can suffer from allergies at any time, or any season of the year. For instance, people with Allergic Rhinitis or, specifically, a dust allergy can suffer from allergy symptoms whenever they come in contact with allergens.
Every one out of five people in America are allergic or suffer from asthma. Thus, these allergies cost a huge sum of money in medical expenses along with affecting productivity and causing mental stress. With proper knowledge and precautions you can keep your allergic reactions under control.
What Triggers your Allergy?
There are allergens present in the air around us which trigger a response from your immune system and stimulate symptoms as soon as you inhale the allergens. Here are some common allergens known to activate allergy symptoms:
1. Dust and Dust Mites:
In most households the most common allergen that contributes in triggering allergy symptoms is dust and dust mites. For people with sensitive nasal tracts, they can experience excessive sneezing or runny eyes and nose in areas with dust or after some cleaning activity which releases dust.
Dust mites, on the other hand, are arthropods which are too minute to be seen by the naked eye but are present in almost every household: living, growing and feeding in commonly used belongings and areas, such as beddings, upholstery furniture, carpets and even in stuffed toys. They thrive mostly in areas with temperatures above 21 degree Celsius and high humidity. With dust mites, symptoms get worse among adults and children with asthma and allergies. Due to their invisible size, it is impossible to get rid of dust mites with normal cleaning.
2. Pollen and mold:
Spring is indeed a beautiful season but for people with allergies or conditions like asthma this time of the year is hardest to deal with. Flowers, weeds, grass and trees all release sperm cells into the air in order to pollinate. However, the relationship of pollen with people who are allergic is not friendly and can cause them problems with breathing or intensify their allergy symptoms. However, the reaction caused may vary from person to person as some people might not experience the same symptoms between different pollens.
Like dust mites, mold is rather inevitable as it is found everywhere. Mold spores released into air, if inhaled, can trigger allergy symptoms for allergy sufferers. Mold spores when get mixed in dust can act as allergens.
3. Pet Dander:
Pet dander (hair, fur, skin flakes) can cause allergic reactions for people who are sensitive to tiny particles causing irritation in their nasal and respiratory areas. Also, for asthma patients, pet dander can be extremely obnoxious. Most allergens become constituents of the dust around us.
Pests are nuisance causing insects and animals which are found in almost every residential space, despite extreme hygienic practices. Presence of pests, specifically cockroaches and rats, is responsible for worsening allergy symptoms among asthmatic patients and people with allergies. Their droppings and fragmented body parts (skin, hair, or other parts) can aggravate allergies and asthma.
- If you suffer from an unpredictable allergic reaction, drink some hot chamomile or green tea. They both help in restoring your immune system’s strength level and provide anti-oxidants.
- Rosemary, usually used for culinary purposes is also an effective herb in providing relief for allergy symptoms. Its natural anti-oxidant properties help in reducing inflammation caused in your respiratory airways.
- Ginger and garlic are known for their therapeutic nature in treating many illnesses. They both help in strengthening your immune system which in turn naturally enables your immunity power to fight the allergic effects of allergens.
- People with allergies have found apple cider vinegar to be extremely effective in treating allergies. Two tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, every day has really shown impressive results among people with allergies.
- Food rich in Vitamin E can naturally work as an anti-allergen. Including them in your daily diet can reduce factors which provoke allergies by boosting your immunity.
These solutions may work differently for people with different symptoms. It is recommended that before trying any home DIY remedies, you consult your allergist to properly diagnose and then opt for a solution. Exercise, increased water intake, a healthy routine and diet can really help in minimizing the adversities caused by allergies.
About the Author
Sheerin Jafri is a passionate blogger, who loves to write on Health and Lifestyle.