Pollen causing an allergy flair up? Tips for staying healthy this spring

Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by local trees and plants...

Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies triggered by local trees and plants releasing pollen. If you start to get itchy, watery eyes and a dry, scratchy throat, a virus might not be to blame. Your symptoms could be caused by springtime allergies that can be treated naturally or with over-the-counter products.

Natural allergy treatments

Many people can find relief from allergies by following a few preventative methods of treatment. Try eating local raw honey, which can act like a vaccine. That's because the bees collect pollen from local plants and trees to make the honey; the same type that causes you to have a reaction. However, don't try buying processed honey from your supermarket; the honey you consume needs to be local and raw. It can also be a good idea to avoid doing any yard work when spring pollen appears, which can really aggravate allergies. If you do need to mow your lawn or work in the yard, make sure to wear a face mask to help avoid breathing in allergens.

Over-the-counter allergy treatments

Certain over-the-counter treatments may also help you alleviate the symptoms of an allergy attack, and could help you prevent them from occurring. For example, nasal swabs that contain zinc can help your immune system fight off an allergic reaction. You simply wipe the prepared swabs around the inside of your nose at the start of allergy season. Antihistamine medications can help you treat the symptoms of a reaction, like a runny nose, itchy skin and hives, sneezing or a scratchy throat.

Talk to your Atlanta-area doctor to make sure that it is alright for you to try natural and over-the-counter allergy treatments. Your doctor can also give you an examination to make sure that your symptoms are actually due to allergies and not caused by a virus or bacterial infection.

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