Signs and Symptoms
Seasonal allergies cause an inappropriate immune response within the respiratory tissues in the body. Allergy symptoms can present as itchy eyes or skin, sneezing, nasal congestion, wheezing, or rash. Seasonal allergies result from grass, weeds, tree pollen, molds, and cockroach feces.
The Non-Medical Approach
The non-medical approach to treating seasonal allergies is primarily avoiding exposure to allergens.
- Stay indoors or dry windy days.
- Delegate lawn lawn mowing, weed pulling, and gardening chores.
- Remove clothes you've worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from skin and hair.
- Don't hang laundry outside.
- Use a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
- Rinse your sinuses with a neti pot designed to clean sinus cavities.
The Chiropractic Approach
Seasonal allergies involve several organs and tissues including sinus tissue, mucous membranes, and even parts of the immune system. It has been suggested that regular chiropractic adjustments can ensure sure these tissues are working properly so that the immune system can fend off threats instead of cause discomfort and sickness.
The Medical Approach
There are several types of medical treatment for seasonal allergies, and include the following:
Oral antihistamines: Antihistamines relieve the sneezing, itching, and runny nose that comes with allergies.
Decongestants: Pseudoephedrine can be taken orally and can temporarily reduce mucus production. Nasal sprays can have a similar effect, but when used in the long-term, symptoms can worsen.
Allergen immunotherapy: Delivered in the form of allergy shots, this method desensitizes the patient to the allergen by regularly exposing the individual to small amounts of the irritating substance.
Shortness of the breath, a tight throat, or itchiness/soreness of the injection site are all possible side effects of these medical approaches.