Enjoy the warmer spring air with these allergy management strategies.

14 05 27 Allergies

1) Prevent: Since often antihistamines simply mask symptoms instead of getting to the root of the problem, this new immunotherapy known as sublingual tablet immunotherapy may be a better option. Immunotherapy is when small doses of the allergen are given to densensitize the immune system and, over time, result in an end to allergy symptoms. Oralair, which is dissolved under the tongue, is suitable for people between the ages of five and 50 who have had hay fever for two pollen seasons and do not respond well to traditional methods of allergy therapy. Oralair must be taken for four months before the onset of pollen season and maintained until it's over. Treatment usually begins in January and ends in July. In order to receive the treatment, a diagnosis by an allergist must be made, so ask your doctor for more information. 

2) Treat: Although prevention is always ideal, sometimes allergies can turn into complete congestion, accompanied with laboured breathing, headaches and other unsufferable symptoms. Attack the bacteria straight on in a natural way by doing a sinus rinse with a neti pot containing a solution of boiled salt water that is cooled down with the addition of three or four drops of goldenseal tincture. The salt water will disinfect the area, while the goldenseal tincture will soothe the inflamed mucous membranes and help to loosen and wash away any congestion in the sinus cavities.

3) Minimize: Limit the amount of allergens in your home’s indoor air with the Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner, ($249.99, Target). The air purifier has five different settings, plus oscillation, to meet all of our different needs in just one appliance. With a filtration system that captures up to 99.9 per cent of the particles that pass through the filter, we’re pretty impressed! The sleep setting is quiet enough so that our beauty sleep remains unaffected when used at night, while the max setting is perfect to put on after a big house clean to say goodbye to all remaining germs and dust particles.

Did You Know? Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, affects nearly one in three Canadians during pollen season each year.

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