by A. Grano on September 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am
With wildfires raging on the West Coast and hurricanes and tropical storms pummeling rain on the East Coast, can the U.S. get a break? For approximately 40 million American allergy sufferers, the poor weather conditions will mean a tough road ahead into the fall season.
According to meteorologists, an unseasonably mild winter contributed to an early spring. This was followed by very warm temperatures throughout the summer.
In a recent article, Weather.com quoted Dr. Cliff Bassett as saying that plants may produce 3-4 times more pollen than usual. Dr. Bassett, a New York allergist and Fellow with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, added that ragweed, the most common allergen, is anticipated to be worse than usual, with its season lasting up to an extra 4 weeks.
Common seasonal allergy symptoms include:
- Itching of the nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and eyes
- Runny nose
- Red eyes and swollen eyelids
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Wheezing (mild asthma)
Natural help for allergies and hay fever is highly recommended and is less likely to lead to side effects and long-term risks.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies can help alleviate symptoms and bring quick relief. One such remedy is Nat mur (6X), a biochemic tissue salt that supports healthy fluid levels in the body, including the eyes, nose, sinuses, chest, mucous membranes and skin.
Another natural remedy is quercetin, a well-known flavonoid that is usually found mostly in onions and apples and is known for its ability to maintain healthy histamine levels and support healthy circulation.
For more help on reducing seasonal allergy symptoms, try the following:
- Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
- Always remove shoes before entering a house, as they can track in allergens.
- Wear eye protection whenever outdoors.
- Encase mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergy-proof covers.
- Vacuum carpets regularly to help deter collection of dust mites and other allergens.
HayFever Fighter™ is a homeopathic remedy for relieving symptoms of hay fever and allergies – sneezing, runny noses & itchy, watery eyes.
 Becky Kellogg, “Warning: Wretched Fall Allergy Season Ahead,” Weather.com.