Currently 30% of the Spanish population has symptoms of spring allergy, and this is expected to increase to 50% in 2050. This is due, among other causes, to the fact that pollen is more aggressive due to pollution and climate change . In addition to an increase in the constant use of chemicals in developed countries, which weaken our immune system, an inadequate diet in most cases and the impoverishment of the intestinal flora. And it is that allergy appears as a response of our immune system (which releases histamine) to some external agents, such as certain foods or medications, chemical compounds, pollen, mites, bites or animals.
The most common symptoms are inflammation, skin problems, sore throat, excess mucus, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and / or a feeling of suffocation, plugged ears and even muscle aches due to an accumulation of tiredness, usually due to not resting properly.
To avoid or reduce these symptoms we have vaccines and medications (always prescribed by a professional) which sometimes carry side effects, such as sedation, slowing down or learning and memory problems. Nasal sprays or filters, natural antihistamines, food supplements, changes in cleaning and / or eating habits and avoidance of the stimulus that causes the allergy. The latter in the case of allergies to a chemical, cosmetic or food component, is very simple, it is enough to make sure not to touch or ingest it.
In the case of spring allergy, we propose a series of guidelines and habits that will help you feel better, of course the more we carry out, the easier it will be to notice changes.
Be informed about the concentration of the different types of pollen in your city, you can consult websites such as the Spanish Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology: www.polenes.com or use apps like“ Pollen Control ”.
Always carry with you what helps you with symptoms such as nasal sprays or filters, natural antihistamines, propolis with echinacea, etc. (We will tell you more about them later).
Sunrise and sunset are the hours with the highest pollen concentration , therefore, if you want to exercise, take a walk or enjoy nature, try to avoid those intervals in addition to those areas in those that the vegetation is abundant, at noon is the best time, since it is when we find the lowest concentration. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
On those days when the pollen concentration is higher or you feel more affected by the symptoms, change clothes and shoes or take a good shower when you get home to avoid getting all the pollen from outside.
At home try to keep the windows closed to prevent pollen from entering and ventilate better in the hours of lower concentration (about 10 minutes is usually sufficient).
Cleaning is also very important (ideally with ecological products such as vinegar, bicarbonate or lemon, among others, chemicals irritate the respiratory tract) especially in those areas where the most accumulates dust; stuffed animals, curtains, rugs, duvets etc, if possible get rid of those you can in allergy season, or at least try not to be present where you sleep. It is preferable that you use the vacuum cleaner at this time instead of the broom and the dryer (or hang indoors), if this is not possible, shake the clothes well before putting them away.
The air conditioning both in the car (always try to go with the windows closed when you have an allergy) and at home, it is better if you put a special filter for pollen . Air purifiers are highly recommended.
Keep your eyes and nostrils clean to reduce discomfort, either with drops, saline sprays or infusion based on thyme, calendula and horsetail. Eucalyptus steam baths or menthol-based ointments also help a lot with nasal congestion.
Try to keep your throat hydrated , with herbal teas, water, licorice lozenges or even candy. This will soothe itching and irritation.
If you find it more difficult to breathe when you are in bed and you do NOT have itchy eyes, try cutting an onion and putting it on the bedside table, the onion releases sulfur compounds that help with congestion.
nutrition can be a great ally, as always, we advise you to eat a balanced diet rich in fresh foods, increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables with a high content of vitamins C, B and E (blueberries, oranges, kiwi, apples, tomato…) that help reduce allergy symptoms. You can also opt for a good multivitamin such as Naturjuvelax.
nuts (in case you don't have an allergy to them) provide a lot of vitamin E and DHA , which has an anti-inflammatory effect and protects against asthma, is also found in fish, especially blue fish (I want to know more about DHA).
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the release of histamine (involved in allergic reactions).
A recent study by the University of Florida showed that probiotics , whether through supplementation or foods such as kefir, strengthen your defenses and act as a shield against allergies.
The Perilla frutescens has shown in many studies that It contains high levels of rosmarinic acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antiallergic action.
Green ginkgo biloba, nettle, alfalfa and rooibos teas act as very effective natural antihistamines, reducing allergens in the respiratory tract if we start taking them before the first signs of illness. allergy.
The Echinacea with propolis will help us to alleviate common cold symptoms.
Finally, it is better to avoid at this time some foods such as dairy products, excess salt and sugar, preserves, cured cheeses, cold cuts, smoked foods and precooked foods, as They are high in histamine and could aggravate your symptoms.