Hay fever is an allergic reaction. It is the response of your immune system to foreign material in the air you breathe. Hay fever generally refers to allergies from outdoor, airborne materials such as pollens and molds. Approximately 15-20% of the population of the United States has some degree of hay fever. It is found equally in men and women.
In research that correlates with projections by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, plant and allergy experts found that ragweed pollen season lasted as much as 27 days longer in 2009 than in 1995. The further north you are in the Western Hemisphere, the more dramatic the change in the length of pollen season.
Ragweed was used in the research because its season is naturally easy to track, although the studies probably hold true for other pollens, too. Ragweed begins blooming when the days get shorter, meaning after the summer solstice on June 21st. Ragweed stops flowering with the first frost. This means that the later the frost, the more pollen we will have.
Treat hay fever before it treats you! Here are some tips for treating hay fever:
- Avoid known or suspected allergies if you can.
- Reduce dairy, wheat, and sugar in your diet.
- Increase servings of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Boost your immune system.
- Use a Netti Pot. (Ask me for some recipes for nasal rinse solutions to find which is best for you)
- Thin the nasal mucus to avoid sinus congestion and future infections.
- Natural antihistamines are available (These are invaluable for people who can’t take over the counter antihistimines.)
Call for an appointment today for more help in treating hay fever.