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Spring Is Here and I'm Not Feeling Twitterpated, I'm Feeling Irritated!

April 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 193

Today is the first day of spring, and I'm excited. The sun is shining, flowers blossoming all about and fuzzy animals frolicking. There's a large metro park a few miles from my home, and I'm itching to get out on the trail and hike off into the wilderness. K.. not so much. He's itching, but in an entirely different way. He takes Claritin religiously and dreads the oncoming weeks - I'm sure, to his eyes, the clear sunny day is thick with noxious pollen and other irritants. He really has horrible allergies, so, out of naught but pure love (and let's face it, sniffling can get annoying after a while), I looked up some at-home, and some store-bought remedies that might lend him a helping hand.

During spring cleaning, wear a mask to keep minute debris from entering your mouth and nose. This can be when you're opening your windows to air everything out, or when you're mowing the lawn. When you clean inside, opt for more gentle, eco-friendly cleansers with less chemicals.

Keep your home clean! Pollen and allergens such as pet dander adhere to couches, carpets and bedding.

Invest in a good air purification system; it'll grab airborne pet hair, pollen and dust and keep it from making their way to you. This was one of the first things I bought when I moved in with K - you'd think he would have thought of it, but apparently it never occurred to him. Try to avoid using fans in the window that pull allergens inside.

Invest in a neti pot and put it to good use!

As the weather gets warmer and we experience humidity, mold can form in places where you can't see it. A high quality dehumidifier should help. Be sure to open windows and doors when you shower, and keep air moving. Mold lights dark, dank places, so keep things dry and well-lit - natural sunlight is the best for this!

Because an allergic reaction is your body reacting defensively by releasing histamine, antihistamines are an obvious means for comfort. Taken orally, they can sometimes cause side effects because the dosage can't be targeted, but recent formulas as found in Claritin and Allegra, etc, are very effective when taken daily. There are a few natural alternatives to these: stinging nettle, 300 mgs a day has been proven effective. You can find it in capsule form; Butterbur. Butterbur can be difficult to find in the US but is reportedly as effective as the drug Zyrtec, without the side effect of drowsiness. It is a member of the ragweed family, and thus using it could backfire entirely, so be careful. 32 mg of butterbur a day divided into 3 to 4 uses has been reported as effective.

Nasal sprays are also available - the downside is that they aren't the most comfortable to use. It involves sticking a peg up your nose and squirting liquid. The plus side is that the effects on the nose, eyes and airways are usually immediate.

After returning inside from the outside, change your clothes and wash the ones you were wearing. Chances are pollen is hitching a ride. If it's still bad, make sure that you shower before bed to keep from rubbing the allergens into your bedding.

If you're going to be out and about, you can actually check pollen forecasts at Aim for days after rainfall - there is usually less pollen flying about.

Among being great for many other reasons, a healthy diet will help boost your immunities. Look for ways of incorporating hemp seed oil or flax seed oil; these are rich in fatty acids and have been reported as being helpful with fighting the effects of allergies. Fish, nuts, fruits and veggies - along with cold-pressed oils - are high in antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory properties.

A simple but powerful immune boosting supplement may be all that you need to strengthen your primary defenses and render histamine release (what causes congestion and puffy eyes) to be a last resort. Take a look at Immutol, a supplement backed by over 3,000 peer reviews touting its success.

Steven Johnson is committed to helping people maintain healthy and effective lifestyles. For more information on any other health supplements please visit his website Alternative Health Supplements at

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