How to Fight Seasonal Allergies


By Bobbi Pavlak, Total Extreme Fitness

One out of every five Americans suffers from allergies.  Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system where the body reacts defensively to a harmless substance.  Common causes of allergy symptoms include food allergies such as nuts or dairy, and seasonal allergies which can also cause miserable symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion.  Allergic skin conditions can cause a rash and itchy skin.

There are some obvious ways to prevent reactions, such as avoiding foods that you are allergic to, and preventing symptoms of seasonal allergies by staying indoors on windy days when the pollen count is high.  Keeping the windows closed and running the air conditioning will also help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.

To help prevent dust mite allergies, cover mattresses, pillows, and box springs.  Washing sheets weekly in hot water and keeping the house free of dust collecting items such as stuffed animals will help.

Proteins secreted by oil glands in an animal’s skin and saliva can cause allergic reactions, as well.  If your pet is bothering you, make your bedroom a pet-free zone, avoid carpets, wash the animal regularly, and vacuum frequently.

Studies have shown that some allergies can be related to your nutrition.  Poor nutrition is linked with poor immune health.  It is known that antioxidants relieve allergy symptoms.  Increasing your intake of healthful foods high in antioxidants and enhancing your diet with antioxidant supplements will be a great benefit to you.

Anything can trigger an allergic reaction, which can be mild or annoying to sudden and life-threatening.  For people with allergies that are severe, it is recommended to wear a medic id bracelet and carry an Epinephrine Auto-Injector prescribed by your health care provider.  Prevention is the first step in controlling allergy reactions and issues.