It is officially spring. The air is beginning to warm up, grass is starting to grow and some trees are already budding. As pollen is released into the air from all the new growth, millions of Americans begin to suffer as their seasonal allergies start to act up. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, close to 50 million people endure hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, and for some, it lasts year round. Tennessee is among the worst states for springtime allergies. Knoxville, Chattanooga and Memphis were among the 12 worst cities in the United States for allergy sufferers.
Allergies develop when people react to a foreign substance and their immune system kicks in, trying to get rid of the irritant by releasing chemicals known as histamines into their blood, setting off allergy symptoms. The victims of hay fever suffer nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, an itchy nose and watery and red eyes. It can lead to sinuses infections and asthma. Some of the biggest offenders are trees, grass and weeds.
There is a plethora of antihistamines and allergy medication that is available by prescription and over the counter, along with receiving allergy shots, known as immunotherapy. Your doctor is the best source for information on medications and other methods to help relieve your symptoms.
There are some natural remedies that may give you some relief. Medical studies have shown that eating foods with antioxidants, found in many foods such as fruits, vegetables, green tea and nuts, help your body fight inflammation.
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