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Spring And Pollen Are In The Air

Spring has sprung, and so has your post nasal drip. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and while most look for love, your primary goal is to find a good decongestant. While your friends talk of vacation plans, you long for antihistamines. At this rate, you’ll be the first in your crowd to attend spring break in a face mask.

Although spring is a beautiful time of year, its also the time that plants release pollen, and millions start to sneeze and sniffle. If those millions include you, here are some things you might want to know about controlling spring allergies.

Woman and child sneezing

Pollen
When it comes to springtime allergy triggers, pollens takes first place. Trees, weeds, and grasses release tiny grain of the stuff into the air, and when they get into the nose of someone who suffers from allergies, the body’s immune system gets out of control.

The body’s natural defense system sees pollen as hazardous and releases antibodies to attack it. This triggers the release of histamines into the blood. Histamines are the chemicals are the causes of the itchy eyes, runny noses, and other common allergy symptoms.

Pollen count is highest on breezy days, when the wind carries the allergens through the air, whilst rain tends to wash them away, lowering the count.

Symptoms
Watering and itching eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and dark circles around the eyes are all common indicators of allergies.

Allergy Treatments
Although there is no cure for allergies, there are medicines that can ease the symptoms.

Antihistamines work to decrease sneezing, itching, and sniffling by reducing the amount of histamine in the body.

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Decongestants shrink blood vessels in the nasal cavities to relieve swelling and congestion.

Nasal spray decongestants work on clogged nasal passageways to relieve congestion faster than oral decongestants, without many of the side effects.

Steroid Nasal sprays are a preferred treatment, but only three, Flonase, Rhinocort, and Nasacort, are available over the counter.

Eye drops can be helpful in the relief of itchy, watery eyes.

Even though many allergy remedies are available over the counter, you may want to consider consulting a doctor to make sure you choose the right one. He may be able to recommend allergy shots, prescription medication, immunotherapy tablets, or steroid nasal sprays. Be aware that some antihistamines can make you feel drowsy.

Natural Allergy Relief
If you prefer your allergy relief organic, here are some options:

Butterbar is an herb which has shown allergy relief potential. Some studies show an extract called Ze 3339 to work as well as antihistamines when it comes to allergy relief.

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Quercitin has been shown in research to prevent the release of histamines. It is found in apples, onions, and black tea.

Nasal Irrigation Involves a a quarter teaspoon each of salt and baking soda combined with sterile or boiled water to clear sinus passages. A squeeze bottle or neti pot can be used for nasal irrigation.

Tips For Keeping Pollen Contact Low

  • Stay indoors when pollen count is high, usually in the morning.
  • Keep windows and doors closed in the spring. An air purifier may come in handy.
  • Keep air filters in your home clean and make sure bookshelves and vents are free of pollen.
  • Wash your hair after venturing outdoors.
  • Vacuum twice weekly, wearing a mask to avoid the kick up of pollen, dust, and mold trapped in your carpet.

Let us know how you deal with the high spring pollen count! Good luck and a great symptom free spring!

Quick Remedies For Contact Dermatitis

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“My entire body felt sick and my skin was red and swollen with pus-filled blisters.” Stories about experiences with ACD, allergic contact dermatitis, often follow a similar trajectory. They begin with a patient displaying alarming rashes and irritations followed by a series of fruitless doctor’s visits in which the experts struggle to find out what is causing it.

This particular story by Sharon details the ironic story of a misdiagnosed reaction in which, in a bizarre twist of fate, the topical ointment prescribed by the doctors actually ended up becoming the source another breakout.

Another story is the account of “Owen’s Parents” whose doctors failed to attribute his reaction to its source. Lisa, Owen’s mom, is quoted as saying,”After just one day back at school,the redness, dryness, and burning returned….” Another common thread joining these stories is the frustration of the sufferers who are of the opinion that a lot of pain and heartache could have been avoided if the doctors had conducted a “skin patch test” on the first consultation, yielding an immediate diagnosis.

While contact dermatitis can be life-altering and painful, it is treatable. Ii is important to identify the triggers and relieve the symptoms as quickly and efficiently as possible,

What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a rash on a certain part of the body caused by an agent unfamiliar with the body. Common causes are metals, cleaning solutions, perfumes, topical antibiotics, and cleaning solutions. The two types of contact dermatitis are allergic and irritant. Allergic contact dermatitis is triggered by an immune response. Irritation contact dermatitis is caused when a damaging or irritation substance comes in direct contact with skin.

What are the Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis?
Both allergic and irritant dermatitis produce virtually identical symptoms. They include area rash, small fluid-filled eruptions on the skin, and itching and burning.

Quick Treatment
If you spot the signs of contact dermatitis, there are a few remedies and practices that you can adopt at home.

  1. Discontinue contact with the irritant if you can identify it. If it’s a piece of jewelry you simply can’t part with, like a wedding ring, try covering the inside with clear tape or clear nail polish.
  2. Apply calamine lotion or anti-itch cream. Anything containing at least 1% hydrocortisone should bring temporary relief.
  3. Take an OCD anti- itch drug. Oral antihistamines, including diphenhydramine, may soothe itching.
  4. Apply wet, cool compresses. Hold soft, moist washcloths to your rash for 15-30 minutes. Repeat several times daily.
  5. No scratching! Sit on your hands if you have to and make sure your nails remain short. You may consider covering the affected area with a band-aid to help resist temptation,
  6. Take an oatmeal bath. Soak in a cool bath sprinkled with baking soda or an oatmeal based product for the bath.
  7. Wear clothing with a smooth texture.
  8. Use the mild soap that does not contain perfumes and dyes. Rinse, pat skin dry, and apply moisturizer

Medical Treatment
If systems persist and if you can not identify the cause, seek medical attention and consult the doctor about using a skin patch test to target the problem immediately. While contact dermatitis is treatable, it is often misdiagnosed and can be traumatic and harrowing for sufferers.