Spring is here! And that means seasonal allergies are back for many of us as well… Allergies are a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Springtime is especially notorious for triggering allergy symptoms due to the abundance of pollen in the air. Allergic reactions occur when the body's immune system overreacts to a perceived threat, such as pollen, and produces inflammation-causing antibodies that lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms.
When the body's immune system is exposed to allergens, it produces an excessive amount of histamines, which can lead to inflammation and tissue damage. Over time, this chronic inflammation can weaken the immune system, leaving us more susceptible to infections and illnesses.
Causes of Allergies
There are many different factors that can contribute to the development of allergies. One of the most common causes is exposure to environmental pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and air pollution. According to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, exposure to these pollutants can increase the risk of developing allergies.
Another factor that can contribute to the development of allergies is exposure to antibiotics in the first year of life. A study published in the same journal found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the first year of life were at a higher risk of developing allergies later in life.
In addition to these factors, genetics can also play a role in the development of allergies. If one or both parents have allergies, their children are more likely to develop them as well.
The symptoms of allergies can vary depending on the type of allergy and the severity of the reaction. Some common symptoms of allergies include:
- Runny nose
- Itchy or watery eyes
- Shortness of breath
- Anaphylaxis (a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction)
Treatment and Prevention
The most effective way to manage allergies is to avoid the allergen as much as possible. This may involve taking steps like:
- Keeping windows and doors closed during high pollen or mold spore seasons
- Using an air purifier or HEPA filter to remove allergens from the air
- Washing bedding and clothing in hot water to kill dust mites
- Removing carpets and using hardwood or tile flooring instead
- Avoiding pets or keeping them out of certain areas of the home
In addition to avoiding allergens, there are several treatment options available for allergies, including:
Antihistamines: These over-the-counter medications block the effects of histamine, a chemical released by the body in response to an allergen. They can relieve symptoms like itching, sneezing, and runny nose, however they can also be toxic.
Decongestants: These medications reduce swelling in the nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. They can be used alongside antihistamines for more severe symptoms, however, again, they are often toxic or even addictive.
Immunotherapy: This treatment involves gradually exposing the body to small amounts of the allergen, allowing it to build up tolerance over time. It can be administered as allergy shots or under-the-tongue tablets or drops.
Emergency Epinephrine: In cases of severe or life-threatening allergic reactions, emergency epinephrine can be used to rapidly reverse symptoms.
In addition to reducing exposure to allergens, you can also take steps to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can provide the body with essential nutrients to support the immune system. Engaging in regular exercise, getting adequate sleep, and managing stress levels can also help strengthen the immune system.
Supplements can also be an effective way to support the immune system during the springtime. Pure TheraPro’s Nrf2 Boost™ contains a blend of natural free radical fighters that can help counteract the oxidative stress and support a balanced response to inflammation caused by airborne particulate. It work by activating the body's natural defenses and supporting healthy immune function.
Natural Allergy Remedies
Overall, it is important to recognize the impact allergies can have on the immune system and take steps to support it during allergy season. By doing so, you can reduce the severity of the allergy symptoms and lower their risk of developing other illnesses and infections. Here are some tips to support your immune system naturally:
Raw Local Honey: Local honey contains small amounts of pollen, which can help build up your immunity to pollen over time.
Neti Pot: A neti pot is a small teapot-like vessel used to flush out the sinuses with a saline solution. This can help clear out pollen and other allergens from the nasal passages.
Essential oils: Essential oils such as lavender and peppermint can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms of allergies.
Quercetin: Have you heard of Quercetin? You’ve likely ingested it multiple times this week without even realizing it. Quercetin is a flavonoid, or plant compound, that is found in fruits, wine, vegetables, teas and has naturally strong free-radical-fighting properties. It is believed that Quercetin is one of the mightiest of the flavonoids, containing natural superpowers that support a healthy response to inflammation.
Quercetin helps regulate inflammation and balance the immune response. Those bothered by animal dander, dust, or even peanuts may find Quercetin quite beneficial since it supports a healthy & normal histamine response. Histamine, which is part of your immune system, is often the root cause of your itching eyes and skin, wheezing, runny nose and similar symptoms.
Pure TheraPro’s Zinc Defense™ is formulated with patented forms of L-OptiZinc® Zinc & TRAACS® Copper, as well as patented Quercefit® Quercetin, all in one capsule, providing you with the micronutrients necessary to support a strong and healthy immune system and a balanced response to inflammatory triggers. Quercefit has been shown to have 20x the absorption of regular Quercetin, and because of its unique structure, it acts as an ionophore, helping zinc pass through the cell membrane where it is needed most.
Allergies are a common and often frustrating condition, but with proper management and treatment, they can be effectively controlled. With the right care, you can minimize the impact of allergies on your quality of life and enjoy the world around you without fear of reactions.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (n.d.). Allergy overview. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (2021). Allergies. https://acaai.org/allergies
Mayo Clinic. (2021). Allergies. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (2020). Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/sites/default/files/food-allergy-guidelines.pdf