Dealing with Allergies

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Doctor Russell Greenfield discusses how to deal with your allergies during allergy season.

    Russell Greenfield: Hi, I am Doctor Russell Greenfield. Today I am discussing how to deal with your allergies during allergy season.

    Allergies affect a lot of us. Whether it's year around or seasonal your immune system is mistakenly identifying harmless particles as intruders, setting of alarm set result and a plenty of discomfort. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to control your allergies. You may be able to decrease your inflammatory response to allergens by eating the Mediterranean way with a lots of vegetable, fruits and foods high in Omega-3 fats like walnuts, Alaskan salmon and ground flaxy. These foods help decrease inflammation, which is important since allergy symptoms are by nature a result of inflammation; supplementing with fish well may help too. Avoid foods that can worsen inflammation like the pro-inflammatory trans-fats and Polyunsaturated oils found in many processed or take up foods. No proteins can also make symptoms worse. So try a week or two without dairy products to see if this makes a difference for you. Be sure to drink lots of water to keep your mucus membranes in fighting order. Take control of your environment. Limit your time outdoors during peak allergy season. To keep pollen outside the house leave your shoes at the door, wash your face and hands when you come in and shower upon off before bedtime. Consider adding a High Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, filter to your eating and cooling system. Limit pets to certain rooms of the house and have your house inspected from mold that might need to be removed.

    You may not be able to completely prevent breathing in the things causing your allergy symptoms but may be you can wash them out before they cause any problems that's part of the theory behind Nasal Irrigation. Try using a Neti Pot, a ceramic vessel filled with homemade saline solution. Clean out your nasal passages once in the morning and once at night when you are having symptoms and once a week when you're symptom free. The process sounds a little nasty until you try it, but really it's very effective. More importantly, if you believe you have allergies speak with your doctor. Allergy symptoms are often confused with other disorders so you want to make sure you know what you are dealing with. Prescription medications maybe of help, but try to avoid decongestants which provide very little benefit and far too many side effects. By following these tips you might just be able to better control your allergies this season. Good luck!