Fall allergies are a real issue for many people. Big Pharma would like you to think that the best remedy for seasonal allergies includes popping a pill—one that’s riddled with questionable chemicals and unwanted side effects.
Fortunately You Can Get Natural Allergy Relief
1. Allergy help can be as simple as a thimbleful of sea salt. Mix one teaspoon of salt (I prefer Celtic sea salt) into a sink full of warm water, immerse your hands and face in the water, and blink several times. This will clean the pollen from your eyes. You can also draw some of the water into your nostrils and expel it to flush pollen from your nasal passages.
2. Stay away from mucus-producing foods that can aggravate sinus congestion. These include dairy products, especially milk, cream, and cheese.
3. Avoid wine or drink organic varieties to minimize allergy-inducing sulfites.
4. During days of high pollen activity, keep your car windows up and stay indoors as much as possible.
5. Use a good air purifier system in your home, especially in your bedroom, and be sure to clean/replace the filters on a regular basis.
6. Clean up before you retire for the night. Many people inadvertently bring pollen into their bedroom on their clothes and skin and in mucus membranes. Remove your clothes outside, not inside, your bedroom. Plus, in addition to soaking your face in water, take a shower and wash your hair before you go to bed. If you don't suffer with allergies, but your partner does, then a bedtime shower is a helpful way to limit their exposure to allergens.
I recommend trying these simple interventions before reaching for a prescription medication for hay fever and seasonal allergies. For those of you who, like me, have seasonal allergies that can move quickly into asthma, use this foundation. Sneezing, itchy eyes, and watery noses are annoying. But they are not life threatening.
Special Considerations for Those With Asthma
It’s important to note that asthma is quite different from allergies. Asthma can deteriorate into a highly reactive and constrictive airway situation, as well as status asthmaticus—a life-threatening medical emergency where the lungs lock up.
If you have a history of asthma, you should be super-avoidant of allergy triggers as much as possible and rely on your pharmaceutical inhaler and/or drugs should you feel asthma is developing.
And as a cardiologist, I have one other heart health-related warning for those with asthma: A new study has shown that those who develop asthma as adults (late onset asthma) may be at greater risk for developing heart disease or having a stroke.
The research, published in Journal of the American Heart Association, followed over 1,200 adults for over 14 years and found that people with late-onset asthma were 57 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event than those without asthma. So as you work with your doctor to control your asthma, it is also a good idea to be monitored and treated for any heart disease risk factors as well.