Most people think of spring as allergy season, but to some autumn can be just as bad. And of course there are many types of allergies that have nothing to do with the seasons. It’s also very possible that you become allergic to something later in life that you hadn’t been in the past. If you do suffer from allergies, try to pay attention to what you eat and your environment. Avoiding the allergen is the best way to combat allergies.
Wheat, nuts, dairy products–you may be allergic to these. Rather than causing sinus problems, these kind of allergies usually affect your gastrointestinal system. Dairy products can increase the production of phlegm, so even if you aren’t allergic, it’s a good idea to avoid them if you do develop nasal allergies or a sinus infection.
On the other hand, yogurt and kefir have been shown to reduce allergy symptoms, because of the good bacteria it contains. Look for “live active cultures” when you’re choosing your yogurt or kefir for allergy prevention. Sometimes you have to treat your allergies through trial and error, unfortunately. Just be aware of the way dairy products affect you.
Some foods will help with the prevention of allergies. For example, tomatoes have been known to reduce the occurrence of asthma and allergies, in the long term. Similar vegetables like cucumber and zucchini seem to have the same effect.
Eating local honey is a good way to prevent and treat your allergies. Bees collect pollen from the trees in your area–the pollen that may be causing your seasonal allergies. The honey will build up your immunity and help with allergy prevention.
Fall is the time when you may start to feel allergy symptoms from mold and mildew. Ragweed pollen counts usually peak in the fall, too. Your weather report will often give statistics for mold and ragweed levels. Ironically, echinacea which helps with cold symptoms is similar to ragweed and can cause an allergic reaction.
If you have recently moved to a new part of the country, you may notice that you have severe allergies. The local plants and pollen are probably the culprit. The good news is that it usually takes a cycle of seasons, and then you’ve built up immunity. Ragweed is most prevalent in the midwest and Eastern parts of the US, and depending on the area, ragweed may peak in the summer, and all the way into late fall. If you find yourself really suffering, try investing in a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter system.
Hopefully these tips will help you prevent allergies, or if not, help to alleviate them. And there are good over-the-counter drugs that can help if need be.