Published: March 29, 2021
As spring-like weather arrives, so does the pollen count. And, it’s a perfect time for stocking up on tissues and allergy medications, as well as an opportunity to try some natural remedies as well.
Alleviating allergy symptoms doesn’t have to be from the medicine cabinet. There are natural remedies that may reduce allergy symptoms and help your immune system block the release of histamines that cause your nose, ears, and throat to itch along with sneezing and nasal stuffiness. Here are some tips:
- Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables as a great way to help strengthen your body’s ability to fight off infections.
- Eat Vitamin C-rich foods, which are found in oranges, bell peppers, broccoli and kale.
- For some people, Turmeric may help reduce inflammation in your nasal passages not to mention a delicious spice found in mustards and curry dishes.
- Hydrate because as the warmer weather continues, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Consider a saline wash which is a way to irrigate sinuses and flush out pollen and other irritants.
As you ward off seasonal allergies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be confusing to know if your symptoms are just seasonal allergies, or something more. In our recent Advantage Magazine, there is a list of symptoms for allergies, cold, flu and COVID-19, in a detailed chart – download and share it with family and friends who may be wondering the same thing.
For more on allergies and how to protect yourself from various pollens based on your location, visit the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America.