After one of the mildest winters on record, spring has come early to the North East. The willow tree next door of our Palisades offices sports some green already, and yesterday I actually saw a butterfly. The daffodils are in full bloom, and most of us are excited about these developments--unless of course, you suffer from seasonal allergies. With an early spring comes an earlier onset of seasonal allergies.
Tree pollen, like birch, alder or maple, tends to be the culprit, when it comes to allergy-related miseries. When a sensitized individual inhales pollen, the body’s own defense mechanisms react with the release of histamines, and they trigger inflammation as well as allergy symptoms. Hence, anti-histamines are employed by conventional medicine to provide relief, but the draw-back is that they can cause drowsiness.
Why are trees a problem, but the beautiful spring flowers not so much? For the most part, the pollen of flowers is rather large, and they depend on insects for pollination. Tree pollen, on the other hand is small, so small, that the trees don’t depend on insects, but rather the wind for pollination. It is difficult to defend against something in the air, but a few tricks might give you some relief: In order to keep your home as pollen-free as possible, it is advisable to dust and vacuum regularly, and to open windows only for a brief period of time. Ideally, one should shower and rinse their hair every evening. Otherwise, pollen in the hair ends up on one’s pillowcase and the allergy sufferer has all night to breathe it in. In addition, I recommend to gargle with lukewarm saltwater. Rinsing sinuses with a neti pot is also helpful in fighting allergies.
For additional relief I recommend our homeopathic Sinus Allergy Formula. It should be taken at the very onset of symptoms. Unlike conventional products, it does not cause drowsiness, and runny noses and watery eyes can become a thing of the past.