For the past year, I have been suffering with allergies. In January, after experiencing a aweful allergic reaction, I visited an allergist. The allergist did a allergy test and found that I was primarily allergic to dust mites. Other things I was sensitive to included cedar elm, trees from the walnut family, ragweed, and molds.
Since then, I have been popping pills and spraying allergy medicine into my schnozzle to fight a neverending battle. Now, I haven't been doing it too often since what I am taking does contain steroids.
According to an article provided by a friend of mine, there are different alternatives to prescribed and over-the-counter medication.
Such alternatives, as listed in this article, include:Honey - 1/4 to 1 full teaspoon daily;
Bee Pollen Granules - under the guidance of a trained herbalist;Vitamin C - 3 to 10 grams daily;Quercetin - 1 to 3 grams daily in divided doses;Stinging Nettles - herbal remedy;Omega-3 fish oils - 1 to 2 grams daily; andHomeopathic remedies
Another thing that the article mentions is that the food that we eat may have an affect on our immune health. Some of the suggestions presented in the article include the following:
Limit consumption of process food;Eat more fresh, quality proteins, fruits, and vegetables;Limit consumption of wheat, corn, rye, and milk if there is a sensitivity towards grass pollen;Limit beef if there is a sensitivity towards cedar and juniper allergies;Limit eggs if there is a sensitivity towards ragweed; andLimit shellfish if there is a sensitivity towards dust allergies.
I'll be attempting these alternatives and suggestions offered by this article and will blog about the results in later posts.
Sources: Natural Solution for Easing Your Pollen Allergies, Jack Challem, The Natural Reporter, Natural Grocer, April 2010, p. 6-7.