by Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein
Have you ever gone into a new environment and within seconds felt like you were caught in a fog? It is estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from environmental allergies, and 36 million of those suffer from hay fever – a reaction to pollen in the spring. Familiar symptoms of allergies can include sneezing, stuffiness, runny nose, watery eyes, fatigue, and itchiness in the throat. For some, these symptoms are only mildly annoying. For others, they can be detrimental to going about your day to day schedule. The “allergy” side of allergies has to do with the immune response to allergens. When an allergen enters your body, your immune systems responds by attacking the invader. This causes a chemical reaction by the nearby cells and can lead to inflammation. This is why we feel “stuffy” during responses, because of the inflammation from inhaling whatever our body is trying to get rid of.
Two main allergens, related to hay fever, are pollen and mold. Pollen is released from plants in the spring as flowers bud. Not all flowers release pollen, but the ones that do fill the air with it which can be incredibly irritating to those allergic. Mold is a fungus without a root or stem, and mold spores fill the air similarly to pollen. Animal dander and dust mites are the two common indoor allergens. It should be noted that while tobacco and perfumes can be irritating, they are not considered allergens, but simply irritants. One way of avoiding allergens is to be fully aware of your environment and knowing for sure which allergens your immune system is reacting to. This can be done with our environmental allergy test kit.
Helpful Hint: Rainy days are perfect for avoiding pollen, but on hot spring days do not be afraid to stay inside, close your windows, and take an extra shower or two.
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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