Tree Pollen Allergy Symptoms and More…
What is a pollen allergy?
Are you tired of hanging around like a wet washcloth during the allergy season? No more motivation to swallow tons of medications to relieve your symptoms of hay fever? OK, there is good news for you, because there is an alternative way:
here you can find eight effective home remedies against hay fever that can help. At the same time, these pollen allergy home remedies save your body by naturally relieving your symptoms.
It sounds too good to be true? Just try it by yourself!
Tree pollen symptoms / grass pollen symptoms / bush pollen symptoms…
Home remedies – best treatment against allergies?
Steam bath as a hay fever home remedy
A saline steam bath is an excellent hay fever home remedy as it reduces the itching by moisturizing the nasal mucosa. Bring to a boil a pot of water and dissolve about one to two teaspoons of cooking salt.
Remove the pan from the stove and inhale the salty steam for ten minutes. Apply this home remedy against hay fever regularly – best if the itching is particularly strong.
Pollen allergy? Nasal rinse!
If you suffer from a pollen allergy, a nasal rinse with saline helps to clear the pollen from the nasal mucosa. You can also mix this home remedy against pollen allergy by yourself or buy it at the pharmacy.
Moist flannel – the simplest pollen allergy home remedy
The agonizing itch on the eyes can also be relieved with a damp cloth. Simply moisten a dish or towel with cold water and place it on both eyes for several minutes.
If you want you can add some eyebright ( Euphrasia officinalis) to the water.
What to do with hay fever?
Take home remedies such as peppermint oil
Put a bowl of water in the room and drip several drops of peppermint oil into it. The essential oils make breathing easier and also have an expectorant effect.
Eucalyptus, fennel- and dill-oil as a home remedy against pollen allergy
An inhalation or bath of eucalyptus, fennel or dill oil can soothe the bronchi and fight against hay fever. In addition, particularly soft & sensitive handkerchiefs help to prevent redness of the nose of its special balm made from aloe vera and almond oil.
Showers as pollen defense
Pollen are particularly eager to get caught in your hair. Therefore, wash your head thoroughly before going to bed. This will prevent you from inhaling the allergens all night long.
Eat food that is fresh, varied and rich in vitamins to influence the severity of your symptoms. Drink plenty of water to moisturize the mucous membranes and strengthen the pollen barrier. Tip: salami and cheese can aggravate the symptoms.
What does help against pollen allergy? Home remedies like a cold facial gush…
If you want to relieve strong tension headaches give yourself a cold facial gush. The cold shock stimulates metabolism via receptors and gets pushing your circulation. In this way tensions in your head can be solved.
Please note that these advises do not replace the individual advice of your doctor or pharmacist!
Some additional tips:
Sauna, vitamins and alternating baths
Sauna is a good workout for our immune system due to the cold-warm-up. So, even now, when it’s warm outside, use your sauna!
Vitamin rich diet is an absolute must if you want to fight against your allergy. Vitamin C in particular should be supplied to a greater extent. Be sure to include raw sauerkraut, peppers, tomatoes and grapefruit in your food.
Changing showers in the morning are very good as well: cold – lukewarm – cold should be the order. Do not dry with a towel afterwards, but dry in the air.
A quick bath for your arms in between times will also help: Fill the sink with cold water and place your arms alternately (five times) in the water for about half a minute.
Avoid pollen in general
At strong pollen count, close the windows at night.
Use the time after a heavy downpour for outdoor work: Then the air is cleared of pollen.
Do not use a fan to cool your rooms: it just whirls up the pollen and spreads it in the room.
Wash your hair before going to bed. These are pollen catchers, they set off allergy pathogens at night and you breathe them in.
Do not leave your clothes in the bedroom at night.
When exercising outdoors at “pollen time” you should always inhale through the nose and never through the mouth. The nose hairs are like a filter that catches pollen. For an even better protection you can wear a face-mask that filters pollen absolutely.
In large cities, pollen load in the early morning is the lowest.
At the time of pollen, go for holidays to the seaside or onto high mountains.
More tips: Eating right makes you immune
Very important for allergy sufferers is a strong supply of the trace elements zinc and selenium. One need 10 milligrams of zinc and 50 micrograms of selenium daily. Magnesium is just as important, because it prevents the release of histamine into the bloodstream.
So you need foods that contain these nutrients: marine fish, whole grains, soy, unpeeled rice, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, and wheat germ.
You need to drink a lot, especially bottled water that should contain at least 80 milligrams of magnesium per liter. This also keeps the mucous membranes moist, which better can catch pollen.
Vitamin C (already mentioned) is indispensable because it partially binds the excess histamine and converts it to harmless acids.
Unpeeled apples, green beans, kale, rooibos and jasmine tea are very good. These foods contain the plant dye quercentin, which in turn blocks histamine release.
Avoid histamine-containing foods such as cheese, salami, nuts, tuna and white wine.
Causes and triggers of pollen allergy
Pollen allergy (hay fever), which predisposition is often inherited, is a response to one or more pollen species. The immune system reacts to the harmless proteins of the pollen.
Through inhalation or direct contact with the pollen, histamine is release, which leads to inflammation of the conjunctiva of the eyes and the nasal mucosa.
These are the three major main groups of pollen allergy triggers:
Trees: hazel, alder, ash, birch, hornbeam, oak
Grasses: for example meadow willow grass, ball grass, English raygrass
Herbs: mugwort, ragweed (Ambrosia)
Symptoms of pollen allergy
The following symptoms may occur: Sneezing attacks, runny nose (rhinitis), stuffy nose, difficult nasal breathing, itching and watery eyes (conjunctivitis), itching in the palate, nose and ears, hoarseness, coughing.
Stagnant mucus in the paranasal sinuses can cause jaw and headache. An untreated pollen allergy for a long time can develop into an allergic asthma, the so-called level change.
The diagnosis is made with a comprehensive medical history, skin and blood tests. House dust or mold allergy symptoms may be similar. Differences can be identified above all in the local and temporal occurrence of the complaints. So it’s worth watching closely.
Therapy and treatment with medication
To treat the symptoms of pollen allergy, various medications can be used in the form of nasal sprays, eye drops or tablets / drops. The most important groups of active substances include antihistamines, corticosteroids (cortisone preparations), leukotriene antagonists and mast cell stabilizers.
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