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Over 50 million Americans experience some type of allergy symptoms which can include runny nose or eyes, scratchy throat, coughing, sneezing and even possibly skin rashes and/or shortness of breath if the allergies are serious enough.

The symptoms are caused when what are typically harmless particles (dust, mold, pollen, etc.) are attacked by our body’s immune system which thinks that these particles are actually harmful. While there are no cures for allergies, there are things that you can do to help with minimizing the symptoms you experience.

Turn on your air conditioner. By using an air conditioner, you can filter the allergens in your home. In addition, most air conditioners have air circulating features which help to remove mold-friendly moisture. Check the filters every few months to make sure that you remove any dust build up.

Try quercetin. This natural supplement is the ‘it’ product right now for those looking for a natural way to help with dealing with their allergies. Quercetin is good for two reasons:

  • It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which can help to keep the lungs, nasal passages, and eyes from swelling which is what typically happens when someone who has allergies comes into contact with pollen.
  • It is an anti-histamine (histamine is what gets released as your body attacks what would typically be harmless particles entering the system – it’s what causes the symptoms you exeperience) and therefore helps prevent your nose from running, getting a scratchy throat, etc.

What makes this supplement really good though is that there is no impact to your energy level – you don’t get drowsy when taking this natural supplement. In fact, it’s pretty rare for quercetin to cause any side effects.

Get your vitamin C. Try eating vitamin C rich fruits such as oranges or kiwis onces a morning. Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. In addition, there are several studies that show people with low levels of vitamin C experience worse allergy symptoms.

Wash or replace the shower curtain in hot water and bleach every month. Mold typically grows on shower curtains do to the moisture in bathrooms; the mold can further irritate your allergies which is why you should either wash the shower curtains in hot water or use a liner that you can replace every few weeks.

If your allergy symptoms persist or get more serious, you should see a doctor or allergist (if you’re from the Baltimore corridor, you may want to check out Dr. Mardiney, an allergist with great reviews who I’ve seen in the past) who can help test and see what allergens are causing you problems and recommend possible therapies to help with alleviating symptoms.

 

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