For all their gradual color splendor, gentle warmth and beauty, the warm seasons can be a miserable time to many. For those who suffer from hay fever and sinus pressure, the glory of the warm seasons can be significantly offset by the runny noses, watery or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, sneezing, associated with hay fever and its potential sequel, sinus pressure and sometimes sinus infection and yellow mucus. So, what can one do to break that unwanted combination? Here are some practical suggestions:
Tackle hay fever first. I discovered that the best time to begin tackling a serious case of this ailment–also called “allergic rhinitis” by the medical profession, or A R for short–is late fall or winter. Why? Because if you are treated properly early on when the summer comes–and the pollen counts are high–you could be desensitized enough to prevent a bout with hay fever. This is what you can do:
- Have an allergy specialist run skin tests for pollens you suspect are causing` your hay fever
- If you test positive begin your allergy desensitizing treatment right away
- If you are not sure what is causing your hay fever and you suspect an indoor source: pet animal dander, house dust, household cleaning chemicals, get real close to it and breathe deeply and see what happens. If you are allergic to any of those items, you would know it almost immediately: sneezing, watery or itchy eyes, shortness of breath, etc.
- House dust is a major cause of this common ailment and you can be desensitized against it. Your doctor can explain this to you
- If yellow mucus is present it can be a sign of infection and it should be addressed
Boost your immune system. The simplest way to do this is by increasing your intake of antioxidants. This can be accomplished by eating foods high in this precious element, like: blueberries, pomegranates, bananas; most fresh fruits are, in various degrees, high in antioxidant contents. Or by taking supplements which you can get at your health food store or pharmacy. This will not only help your hay fever, but will help substantially in preventing other sicknesses and diseases; since they destroy free radical cells which are responsible for a lot of suffering. Antioxidants can also make you feel and look better and prolong life.
The “magic” of water. If there is something that most of us short change the body of it’s plain, pure, room temperature water. Water is nature’s foremost body cleanser and detoxification element. Getting used to drinking plenty of water now will help cope with the causes of hay fever whatever they are. Remember, our body is made up of about 75 percent water.
Foods. Certain foods are histamine producing others can produce mucus or phlegm. These are things that can be associated with hay fever. Learn what these foods are and, of course, cut back on them or avoid them altogether.
These simple suggestions could, when applied, help you have a more cheerful summer-fall season. Why not try them.