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Understanding Fall Allergies and How to Fight Back Naturally

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Don’t let allergies get to you this fall, fight back naturally!

Fall is officially here (and has been for a couple of weeks now) leaving many of us who suffer from allergy-related sinus attacks in a hurry to figure out the best ways to fight back. Allergies may be so severe in some people that it causes them to believe they’re coming down with a sickness.

Understanding Fall Allergies

Many patients that seek sinus treatment often ask why their allergies cause them so much trouble. We’ll explain this concept. Allergies are commonly caused by pollen that literally floats through the air and enters your body either through your nose, mouth, ears, or eyes. During fall, most of the pollen is generated from a plant found throughout the U.S. known as ragweed.

When ragweed enters our system, our body begins to process it as a threat and therefore acts to rid of it, even though it’s harmless. It’s an autoimmune response in which the body attacks itself in order to rid itself of a foreign substance.

Allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever, is centered in the nose causing a variety of symptoms including sneezing, runny nose with mucus discharge (clear colored), watery eyes, and other bothersome symptoms that decrease our productivity. Later on, symptoms may turn into a stuffy nose, sore throat, and other symptoms related to the common cold.

Fall Foods that Fight Back

Antihistamines have shown excellent relief in treatment of fall allergies, but sometimes we prefer a more natural option. Does one even exist? Of course. Try eating more of natural fall allergy-fighting foods and see if they help you out. Don’t expect an overnight cure, however.

Carotenoids

Some of the best fall foods also happen to aid in allergy treatment. Pumpkins, kale, and carrots are all rich in carotenoids, which can help you fight off the fall allergies naturally.

Vitamin C

Sinus problems are largely related to inflammation problems and vitamin C has shown effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory and boost to your immune system. This fall, look for broccoli as a great way to obtain a high amount of healthy vitamin C.

When All Else Fails…

If you cannot find relief through natural foods or over-the-counter medications, then sinus surgery may be your best option. It aims at addressing the cause, rather than the symptoms. Rexford Surgical Institute features a board certified sinus surgeon that uses an advanced technique to clear open your sinus passages.