Allergy Season Tips

It’s fall (though it doesn’t feel like it as I type this–it’s 84 and humid!), time for mold and ragweed to wreak havoc on our immune systems. If you suffer at this time of year, here are some things you can do.  

What is an Allergy?  

Allergy symptoms come about from histamine being released from mast cells, a type of white blood cell.  A type of antibody called IgE controls this reaction (allergy tests measure how much of this antibody our bodies produce in reaction to different allergens).   Antihistamines block the production of histamine, lessening or eliminating our allergic reactions and symptoms.  

Conventional antihistamines:

Benadryl, Zyrtec:  work great but make you drowsy. Claritin, Allegra:  Non-drowsy,  may work as well for you as drowsy ones.

Other OTC Conventional Treatments: Cromolyn Sodium:  sold as Nasalcrom or by prescription taken orally.  No side-effects to speak of, stabilizes mast cells rather than working through immune system.  Not as effective but worth a try.  

Mucinex/Tussin:  Guaifenesin loosens mucus and can help reduce congestion and runny nose. Eye drops:  antihistamine drops can be OTC or prescription



Natural Approaches:

Aller QC:  my personal favorite.  Safe to use, really works, non-drowsy.  Take two twice a day.  Contains quercetin, bromelain NAC and Stinging Nettles.  A “greatest hits” of natural anti-allergy medicines. Contact the office to purchase

Similasan  Eye Drops:  effective homeopathic drops for itchy eyes. At Amazon or local drug stores; Whole Foods.

Alkalol:  Nasal rinse.  A better version of Neti Pot.  Better design, and has essential oils which help reduce congestion and can kill mold, fungus and bacteria. Drug stores/Amazon.

Acupuncture:  can relieve sinus congestion and headache. I use a simple combination of points which can often provide relief for a day to several days. Contact my office for details.

Naso-sympatico:  essential oil treatment applied to sinuses using nasal swabs.  Done in-office.