Veterinarian Reviewed on June 22, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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There are a number of allergies that a person may face as a result of pollution from environmental ingredients. When these allergies are due to seasonal changes they are known as seasonal allergies. These are most common with the advent of spring, summer and fall. With the advent of spring, flowers bloom and pollen content in the air increases. This causes allergy in many people. In summer and fall too the air around us changes due to growth of trees and flowers. Though for most of us the coming of these seasons is joyful, but people who suffer from allergies fear this change.
The main reason for seasonal allergies is the increased number of different kinds of pollens in the air during these seasons. The immune system becomes active and starts reacting to this contact, and thus the symptoms of allergy develop.
Different regions of the world due to different habitat can have allergies depending on their biotic environment. In the mid-western, eastern and south United States it is mainly due to flowering of trees like maple, olive, juniper, oak, elm, birch and alder. When the summer starts, flowering of grasses like redtop, timothy, bluegrass and orchard grass starts. This increases the pollens in air and hence the allergies. After the progression of summer, ragweed pollens start to increase.
The mold spores of these pollens can stay in the air and cause allergies for longer periods of time. During these changes, eye conjunctivitis is also common due to the contact of pollens with the eye.
Signs and Symptoms
The common symptoms of seasonal allergies include dry eyes with frequent itching. There is itching too on nose, back of the throat and on the mouth roof. Running nose with a clear fluid is also common. Along with these symptoms, frequent coughing, headache and increased irritation due to these symptoms is also common. Some people experience frequent sneezing and also slight difficulty breathing and slight asthmatic symptoms.
People, who have extreme allergic symptoms, can also develop eczema or asthma. All these problems may lead to a feeling of depression, lack of sleep and lack of appetite. These hyper reactions to allergies though are rare but can be extremely discomforting and require medical attention.
Normally the allergies symptoms go off on their own but in severe circumstances doctors help is sought. Though there are number of treatment options that a doctor may prescribe but almost all have side effects and must be taken with careful consideration. Antihistamines and nasal sprays are prescribed to control the symptoms. Decongestants can also be taken but people with high blood pressure should avoid them and should only take under continuous monitoring. Also, eye drops, sprays and nasal drops should be taken only for a short period of time as long term use of these may in fact worsen the symptoms.
The best way out is natural remedies with zero side effects. Use of herbs like Arsen iod and Euphrasia greatly help to relief from dry, itchy eyes. Allium cepa and Wyethia are homeopathicingredients to sooth the eyes which are excessively watering or itchy. Kali bich while Sambucus help to heal the discomfort from itching in throat, roof of the mouth, running nose and frequent sneezing, coughing and hot cheeks.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan