Seasonal Allergy Support

By Mary Frazel, N.D. 

The beauty of spring is all around us with trees and flowers blooming and grass growing. For many of us it is an amazing time of year as we watch the Earth come alive again. For others it is a season of dread -- they experience allergy symptoms of watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itchy palate, irritability, and an overall feeling of exhaustion.

The standard approach to treat allergies is to suppress symptoms using decongestants and antihistamines. These medications can have unpleasant side-effects and don't get to the underlying causes of the allergies. As a naturopathic doctor I'm always striving to understand where my patients' health imbalances stem from.

Allergic symptoms tell me that the immune system is working overtime to handle the load of pollen, grass, animal dander, mold, dust, trees or weeds. And if someone has food sensitivities along with environmental it can push the immune system into overdrive. My solution is to help support and rebalance the immune response. By making dietary changes, utilizing nutritional supplements, and using homeopathic support I have seen my patients lives improve greatly.

During allergy season it can be very helpful to incorporate some of the following supplements. These can help with reducing overall inflammation and stabilizing the mast cells, which are the immune cells causing a lot of the allergy symptoms because they release histamine.

  • Quercetin: 1000-2000mg/day
  • Bioflavanoids: From citrus 600-1200mg/day
  • Bromelain: 100-200mg/day
  • Vitamin C: Buffered form- 3000-6000mg/day
  • Vitamin B: Complex 100mg/day
  • Vitamin D: 2000IU/day

Homeopathic medicine is also something that I have found to be valuable to help patients with their allergy symptoms. They can work quickly in calming down the symptoms without side effects. Homeopathic remedies are safe for elderly people on various medications as well as small children. We have many of these in our clinic or you can buy them over the counter. I usually recommend to start with a 30C strength and take 3-4 pellets every hour for up to 5 doses to see if it changes the symptoms.

The following are some of the common allergy remedies I prescribe:

  • Allium cepa: Use when you have burning discharge from the nose; profuse bland discharge from the eyes; worse from flowers and warm room; better in open air.
  • Euphrasia: Use if your eyes are very sensitive to light and feel very irritated with thick burning discharge; the nasal discharge is bland and they feel worse inside.
  • Sabadilla: Use if your primary complaint is tremendous sneezing- even paroxysms up to ten or more sneezes; there is a lot of itching and tingling in the nose.
  • Pulsatilla: Use if your discharge is yellow bland from the eyes or nose; worse in the evening ; and you feel very weepy and better outside.
  • Silica: Use if your symptoms include itching deep in the back of the throat, nose, and ears; and you have mucus which can be burning and accompanied by dryness in the throat and hoarseness.
  • Nat Mur: Use if sunlight increases sneezing and runny nose; and you have a lot of itching overall and your craving salty foods.

With some of the above nutritional and homeopathic supports I know that I can help my patients endure allergy season a bit easier than other years. If you would like to find out the specific combination of dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and homeopathics is right for your allergies, schedule an appointment with me at NCHC.

It IS possible to have a spring without sneezes!

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