It is that time of the year where itching, sneezing and coughing conquers the season turning smiles upside down stealing away our confidence of summer.
Life can come to a standstill if the summer experience is consumed by an allergy, though in some instances you can dodge the foes that congest the air on the onset of summer they are methods to overcome the attack.
By Shyline Guvakuva and Stephen Denga
Summer allergy symptoms include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, Itchy eyes and nose as well as dark circles under the eyes.
Allergic reactions to insects usually cause mild symptoms, such as itching and localized swelling. But in a small percentage of people they can lead to a severe allergic reaction, with swelling of the throat or tongue, dizziness, nausea, and shock. This is an emergency and requires immediate medical help.
Summer Allergies can be treated using Over-the-counter allergy treatments, and these include, Antihistamines, Decongestants, Nasal spray decongestants (They shouldn’t be used more than three days.)Corticosteroid nasal sprays (Nasacort and Flonase) Cromolyn sodium nasal spray as well as eye drops.
There are some foods that can also help fight these summer allergies. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in some foods, is believed to help reduce the inflammation associated with allergies. The thought is that it prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, or an allergic response.
Apples, onions, berries, cabbage, cauliflower and tea all contain quercetin, many of these foods have another anti-allergic property.
Vitamin C is thought to help control allergy symptoms, Oranges, red peppers and strawberries are some of the fresh fruits best known for their vitamin C content. It’s also in broccoli and other foods that contain quercetin.
Some research has found that the probiotics, or bacteria, contained in yogurt reduce allergic reactions to pollen, helping the symptoms of allergic reactions in children.
Turmeric, a native Indian spice found in curry and other dishes, is known to have a powerful anti-inflammatory response.
Foods rich in magnesium are believed to help control allergies .High-magnesium foods include cashew nuts, wheat bran and kelp.
For a severe allergic reaction, use an epinephrine injection kit (called SIE or self-injectable epinephrine) if you have it. Always carry two doses with you if you’re at risk for a severe allergic reaction.
For local reactions, apply ice to the bite area to reduce swelling. For stings you should remove the stinger.
To avoid summer allergy triggers in a natural way, one has to stay indoors whenever the pollen count and smog is high.
Keep your doors and windows closed and air condition on whenever possible to keep allergens out.
Use an air purifier, clean air filters in your home often. Clean bookshelves, vents, and other places where pollen can collect, wash bedding and rugs in hot water to eliminate dust mites and other allergens.
Wash your hair, shower, and change clothing after going outside to wash away pollen. Vacuum often. Wear a mask, because vacuuming can kick up pollen, mold, and dust trapped in your carpet. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Wear a mask when you mow your lawn to avoid grass pollen. Keep the humidity in your house between 30% and 50% to prevent the growth of dust mites. Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because they can pull pollen indoors Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner if necessary, to avoid allergens.