Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seasonal Allergy Relief

Seasonal allergies, otherwise called hay fever, reoccur about twice a year when triggering allergens are present in the air. A primary antagonist allergen that causes symptoms in most individuals appear is pollen, and airborne pollen levels increase during the spring and fall seasons. This is when these symptoms are most likely to flare up. Symptoms, when untreated, will last the entire season or at least until the triggering allergen is no longer present in the environment.

Some symptoms of this condition include itchy eyes and sneezing. Symptoms can also include coughing and nasal congestion in some individuals, which is why some people confuse having allergies with having the common cold. More severe symptoms could include asthma. It is a good idea to keep an inhaler nearby as advised by your doctor if you are afflicted by asthma in relation to your allergies.

You can prevent some of these allergy symptoms by showering or washing your hands after outdoor exposure. Also, drinking more water may help to reduce your symptoms. If you have pets, brush and groom them often to cut down on pet dander, because pet dander can also aggravate seasonal allergies. Nasal congestion associated with your symptoms may be relieved with the use of a saline/water nasal spray solution.

If you are pondering more natural remedies for seasonal allergies, try incorporating more essential fatty acids into your diet as those found in fish and flaxseeds. Essential fatty acids act as inflamatories, therefore reducing your symptoms.

There are over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs that may relieve your symptoms. Popular over-the-counter antihistamines include Zyrtec and Claritin. If you are seeking a prescription, ask your doctor about Allegra.

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