Whether it's the long-awaited change of winter into spring, or the quiet fading of summer into fall, for many the changing of the seasons means more than just vacation plans and a new wardrobe - it signals the start of seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies also referred to as ‘Hay Fever’ or seasonal allergic rhinitis occur during certain times of the year. The first major allergy season begins during the time when outdoor molds release their spores or trees, grasses and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air. Trees with little or no visible flowers actually release the highest amount of pollen because they rely on wind rather than insects for pollination. Allergy season typically kicks off in the spring and fall when certain trees or grasses pollinate. In Canada, seasonal allergies can set in, in early spring when trees start budding and last until June. They can start again in August, triggered by mould and ragweed and last until the first frost.
Surveys show about one-quarter of Canadian population is plagued with seasonal allergies. And the numbers have increased in the past two decades. Experts say that global warming and increased levels of pollution in urban areas have aided the growth of ragweed.
Symptoms & Remedies
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itching of the nose and or throat, post-nasal drip and coughing. These symptoms are often accompanied by itchy, watery, and or red eyes, which are called allergic conjunctivitis. If one develops wheezing and shortness of breath, in addition to these symptoms - the allergy may have progressed into asthma. Why only some people react to common allergens and others don’t is due to genetics and the immune system tolerance.
While there is no real cure for seasonal allergies, it is possible to relieve symptoms. The first step is to reduce exposure to allergens. Dehumidifiers can be used to reduce humidity and indoor allergens such as dust mites or mold spores should be reduced. There are many natural alternatives to the common over-the-counter medicines that victims turn to for relief. Options include dietary modification, supplementation, plant medicines or even naturopathy. To combat seasonal allergies, victims in Canada, including Vancouver are increasingly resorting to Naturopathy. Naturopathy is now a popular remedial treatment for seasonal allergies in an already naturopathic Vancouver.
Naturopathy is a form of treatment that relies exclusively on natural remedies, such as sunlight, air, water, supplemented with diet and therapies such as massage. Naturopaths believe that the body is self-healing and that it will recover from illness by itself if it is in a healthy environment.
A naturopathic approach would involve a combination of such things as diet changes, lab testing, nutrient support, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture. Treatments work with the body and are considerably safer compared to the pharmaceutical approach.
A few naturopathic allergy combating tips are as follows:
• Drinking six to eight glasses of water per day
• Eating food that produce anti-inflammatory hormones: fruits, vegetables, nuts, flax, black currant, walnut, soy, salmon, sardine, trout
• Exercise: Increases circulation to expel toxins, support immune system and decrease stress response
• Decreasing Stress: Allergies are an over-stimulated immune response; stress aggravates this further
• Reducing Exposure to Allergens: Keeping the house clean and dry; cleaning air ducts; using air filters, feather-free pillows and comforters; removing dust-collecting rugs/curtains
• Quit Smoking or reduce passive smoke exposure: Smoking is a major allergy aggravator
• Acupuncture: Rebalances qi (vital energy) to decrease immunity over-stimulation
A naturopathic Vancouver people are known to fight against seasonal allergies by using all natural methods of treatment and this should provide a more long-term remedy.
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