Summer is gone, but you still can’t seem to stop sneezing and rubbing your itchy eyes. You may find yourself wondering, “Is there something wrong with my body? Is this normal?” Absolutely! Fall allergies are prevalent, especially if you’re allergic to spring plants.
Furthermore, you may be experiencing fall allergies for the first time because the unusually warm weather has caused ragweed (a common trigger of allergic reactions) to bloom out of control.
Fall allergies respond to the same antihistamine medications you would normally use for spring allergies, but if you want to go the natural route, give these remedies a try.
• Onions: According to recent studies, onions are an excellent ally to keep inflammatory and allergic diseases at bay. One of the many flavonoids in onions is called quercetin, a natural compound that stabilizes your white blood cells and prevents them from releasing histamines. Since histamines trigger those dreaded allergic reactions, eating onions can be an excellent way to treat fall allergies naturally.
• Nettle leaf: However, preventing your cells from releasing histamines isn’t the only way to naturally treat fall allergies. Nettle leaf is used as an antihistamine home remedy because it blocks the natural production of this substance in your body. Nettle, while usually consumed in herbal teas, can also be taken in supplement form.
• Vitamin C-rich foods: Everybody knows that vitamin C gives your immune system an incredible natural boost, and since allergies are caused by an imbalance in your immune system, consuming foods and drinks rich in this vitamin is an excellent preventative measure. To prevent fall allergies and reduce your risk of getting a sinus infection as a result of all that inflammation and excess mucus, try eating more citrus fruits, broccoli, and papaya a few weeks before the start of your worst symptoms.
• Probiotics: In recent years, many clinical trials have fixed their attention on probiotic foods, uncovering a whole new world of potential treatments for allergies and other conditions with few to no side effects. Probiotics modulate your gut microbiota, which is in close contact with a large portion of your lymphatic tissue. As such, probiotics can signal a change in the way your immune system responds to triggers, which make them quite useful in the natural treatment of seasonal allergies. You can consume probiotics in foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha. However, if your allergies are severe, your best bet is to take probiotics in supplement form as they pack a more powerful punch.
In addition to treating your fall allergies naturally, you can also make a prevention plan by keeping track of what triggers your allergies and try to avoid them whenever possible.
Furthermore, it’s a good idea to change your bed linens weekly and avoid drying your clothes outside. If the problem persists despite these measures, you might want to consider investing in an air purification system.
Fall is a beautiful time of year (even if your nose doesn’t always agree with you). These natural remedies for fall allergies can help you get out there and enjoy the foliage without sneezing your head off in the process.
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that everybody responds differently to home remedies and treatments. If you are on any medication, are pregnant or nursing, or are being treated for a severe illness, then you should consult your healthcare provider before using these treatments.