We are in the heart of pollen season right now which can cause lots of suffering for those with seasonal allergies.
Tree pollen is the number one cause of sneezing and wheezing right now but grass and weed pollen are on their way! Alabama is one of the worst states for allergy sufferers due to the climate and diverse plant species littered across the state. We usually deal with pollen 3-4 months longer than most states.
It’s hard to avoid the pollen no matter how hard you try.
Here are a few ways to naturally combat allergies:
1. Get Adjusted! When your immune system is functioning properly, your body will stop overreacting to allergens.
2. Avoid time outdoors between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. on high pollen count days. You can always check your weather app for updated pollen counts.
3. Avoid touching your face and make sure to shower/change clothes whenever you come inside from the outdoors.
4. Take a natural antihistamine to help combat super high pollen counts. Bromelain, Local Honey, Butterbur, and Stinging Nettle are all very common natural antihistamines. (Make sure you contact your primary care provider before starting any new supplements or herbs.)
No matter what you do, you’re probably not going to rid your pollen allergies completely. What you can do is try as many of the things mentioned above as possible to make it more tolerable for you to spend time outside.