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seasonal allergies

Spring certainly is here and weather sources say pollen, mold and ragweed counts will be extremely high this year.  For all of you allergy and hay fever sufferers, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) have some tips to help you get through allergy season (5 Things to Know about Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Allergy Relief, 2013).

  • Nasal irrigation (the use of saline water to flush out the nasal passage) has shown to offer relief.  If you use a neti pot, make sure to use distilled water and thoroughly clean your apparatus each time you use it.
  • Butterbur extract has shown to decrease the symptoms of nasal allergies, but research this option thoroughly before using it to avoid any complications.
  • Honey is a natural antibiotic and has shown to offer some relief but no research is available to definitely say it is effective.  Eating honey, however, is fine but do not give it to children under 1 years of age.  Individuals who have pollen sensitivity and those who have a reaction to bee stings may also have a problem with honey.
  • Acupuncture – only a few studies have been conducted to see if this approach offers any allergy relief.  To date there is no concrete evidence that this is a viable solution.
  • Talk with your health care provider about the best approach for you, especially if you are considering an alternative source.  It is hard to avoid coming into contact with pollen, but wearing a mask (especially when gardening or cutting the lawn) and taking a shower when you come indoors to remove pollen from the skin may offer some relief.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

5 Things to Know about Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Allergy Relief. (2013, April 17). Retrieved April 17, 2013, from National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/tips/allergies