Oh, It’s The Season Again! Types of Seasonal Allergies
You know the season has changed when you, or a person sensitive to the weather, starts sneezing extensively or complains about skin rash all the time! Ah, the season. You love to embrace the spring and monsoon but get jitters at the thought of all the allergies they bring with it.
Some of the common symptoms of allergies include –
- Itchiness of the eyes and body
- Swelling of face and lips
- Coughing and sneezing
- Skin rash
- Runny nose
- Breathing difficulty
Often people are not aware that the sneezing, coughing, cold like feeling or the skin rashes are actually due to a seasonal allergy and not viral fever, as they think. Hence, today, let us walk you through various seasonal allergies and what can help you during this time:
- Spring: Spring is the most beautiful time of the year… new flowers, budding leaves and lots and lots of pollination! Here’s the hitch though, pollens are a major cause of allergy for sensitive people. Pollen can cause watery eyes, nose itch, sneezing and, for some, rashes. People suffering from asthma are more susceptible to hay fever or pollen allergy. Consulting a doctor and taking proper medication should help in restricting these sneezing attacks.
- Monsoons: Monsoon can be heaven for those who love rain, but it is the war period for your poor immune system! Rain water is the easiest mode of transmission for virus and allergy causing agents to strive and move fast.
Inflammation in your nose, airway irritability and asthma triggers are commonly seen in this season.
- Hot water, tea or hot green tea can be taken to reduce the inflammation in your nose. Vaporization and a hot steam inhalation will work wonders for airway irritability.
- Honey: Eating honey every day improves your immune system.
- Spicy food: The sinus-clearing effects of spicy foods like chilli, hot peppers, mustard and fresh garlic can definitely make your eyes start watering and open your nasal passages so that the allergen is removed.
- Eucalyptus oil: The strong smell of eucalyptus oil can supercharge steam inhalation, helping to open your sinuses and nasal passages. Some research suggests that eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add a few drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water or to the floor of the shower before you step in. Do not swallow the oil or apply it directly to your skin; it is toxic in concentrated amounts.
- Green tea: Green tea contains methylated epigollacatechin gallate, which has antioxidant properties that can reduce allergic reactions. But it may not necessarily give 100% results, just some relief.
Allergy has become very common during these seasons. This time when you have an allergic attack, practice the tips mentioned and let us know if they helped! If there’s something new and equally effective, why don’t you share it with us?! 🙂