Spring season is considered to be a season of joy, when flowers bloom, the grass gets greener and the surrounding beauty makes us forget sorrow. However, for people prone to allergies, it is the annual melody of sneezing and coughing. Allergies during springtime are common and millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergy, mostly spring allergy.
Also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever, this problem is triggered by airborne pollen grains that are released from flowers, weeds and grass for the purpose of pollination. It is difficult to control pollen but you can take measures to stay away from them.
There are several medicines to treat seasonal allergy however natural remedies is one of the most inexpensive method to treat it. Besides, natural home remedies are harmless as compared to drugs that may often cause drowsiness and lassitude.
What Causes Springtime Allergies?
As by now we all know the biggest contributor for spring allergy is pollen grains. The pollens released in air from trees, flowers, weeds and grasses. They are very light and a draught of air carries them for miles. If pollen comes in contact with the body and the nose of a person having allergic tendency, his immune system will react.
The immune system which is the watch dog of human body will sense the pollens as foreign body, the invaders. In the process of protecting the body, immune system will release antibodies to fight against the allergens, in this case the pollens. When the antibodies attack the allergens, histamine a chemical substance is released in the blood. Histamine is responsible for symptoms such as running nose, sneezing and itching.
Spring Allergy Symptoms
Allergic symptoms during springtime can manifest in many ways. They are particularly more during windy weather. The draft of air will carry pollens to a very long distance. They are common in people having allergic tendency or among those whose immune system is weak. The most common symptoms noted due to spring allergy are:
- Running nose: There is a tingling sensation in the nose and it becomes watery. Watery fluid leaks out from the nose.
- Sneezing: It is the second most common symptom. There may be bout of sneezing which makes the person weary. The nose may become red and swollen due to repeated sneezing.
- Eyes become watery and itchy. The eyes become red and inflamed when the person constantly rubs his eyes.
- Itching and welts in other areas of body such as legs, arms, chest and face are common.
- Few days after primary symptoms, patient may begin to cough.
- Due to cough there is hoarseness of voice.
- Sneezing, coughing, and itching may not allow the patient to have sound sleep.
In some severe cases, it can result in asthma, a condition where the air passage becomes narrow, and patient finds difficulty in breathing. There is a wheezing sound when patient breathes.
Generally spring allergy lasts for 4 to 6 weeks. Once the pollens diminish, the symptoms of allergy begin to reduce their severity. However, since the sensitivity may vary from one person to another the time interval of symptoms may also vary.
Natural Remedies For Spring Pollen Allergies
There are several over the counter medicines which are prescribed by doctors to treat seasonal allergy. Most of them consist of anti histamines, steroids, nasal decongestants and soothing eye drops. However, there are natural remedies that are as effective as their counterpart and also less expensive.
- The extract derived from the herb Butterbur is found to be as effective as any anti histamine drug available in medical stores. It has natural antihistamine qualities which help in relieving spring allergy. This herb is found in European countries.
- Nasal saline solution is as effective as other anti histamine sprays to reduce running nose and itchy nose. Put few drops of the solution in nasal cavity to get relief from the symptoms.
- Rose water eye drops are efficient in dealing with symptoms such as burning eyes, watery eyes that are common in spring allergy.
- Oat meal bath is the treatment of choice to alleviate itching and welts present on skin.
- Eat fruits and vegetable juices. They contain plenty of vitamin C which helps to boost immune system and enhance the healing process.