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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Allergy Management

It's spring, and pollen is just everywhere, which means you can be one of those victims of pollen allergies. But no matter what kind of allergens are causing your allergies, all we need to focus into is the proper management or treatment.

According to the allergist:
A lot of antihistamines are already in the market that comes in different forms - pills, syrup, nasal sprays and injections.
Nasal sprays shouldn't be used for more than a few days to avoid making the problem worst. Allergy shots can prevent symptoms and may reduce the need for medication.

According to the mind/body expert:
They say laughter is the best medicine, - it optimizes the immune system.
Try laughing 3-4 times a week for at least 20-40 minutes minimum.

According to the nutritionist:
Eat nutritious colorful foods like blueberries, broccoli, and tomatoes. Be sure to get enough fluid intake because allergy drugs are dehydrating.
If you're congested, try spicy foods such as hot peppers, wasabi, etc. These can help you open your nasal passages.

According to the integrative medicine specialist:
Eat food rich in omega-3s, plus more fruits and veggies, to modulate your immune system.
Butterbur herb and the bioflavonoid quercetin are said to be good antihistamines, but check with your doctor first.
Stay at home as much as possible particularly during peak levels when pollens are high.