Surviving Allergies: There is Relief
By Dr. Trevor Holly Cates
Spring can be such a wonderful turning point in the year. Snow has melted away. Spring showers are falling. Grass is growing again. Flowers are blooming. The whole world looks new and fresh. You may have been cooped up for months and are now ready to get outdoors again. Unfortunately, for the 35 million Americans who suffer with season allergies, spring greenery can also bring dreaded allergy symptoms along with it.
Allergies rank as the fifth leading chronic disease in the United States. They are commonly marked by itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, sinus pain, headache and itchy throat. While these symptoms can be mildly irritating, they can also become debilitating and interfere with daily life.
Prevention can begin now with some simple steps to improve your environment.
- Be sure to check your air conditioning filters. These should be changed regularly anyway but special attention should be paid in the spring season to ensure that allergens do not remain for long in your household.
- Keep windows closed to keep allergens out. This is especially difficult when winter has left a cooped up, stale air sensation in your home. However, for all but the most severe allergy sufferers, windows can be opened again as pollen counts decrease again.
- Encourage the removal of shoes prior to entering the house. Many allergens attach to the bottoms of shoes and are tracked through the house. Jackets and outer wear can also be shaken outside to remove as many irritants as possible.
- Dust and vacuum regularly. Pay special attention to changing the duster cloth and vacuum bag more frequently during the spring months. Keeping the allergens in the house can defeat the preventative measures being taken.
- Avoid drying clothes outside while pollen counts are high. The pollen will attach to the drying clothes and irritate allergy sufferers when worn. While steps can be taken to maintain a low allergen household, allergies may not be avoided entirely. In the case of allergy attacks, sufferers might want to consider the following natural treatment options.
Neti Pot – Individuals who experience allergies largely in the sinus cavity may benefit with using this simple treatment option. The neti pot works by rinsing water through the cavity and flushing out the sinus cavity.
Hyland's offers several allergy medicines to help ease the symptoms of indoor and outdoor allergies, for both adults and children. Seasonal Allergy Relief offers allergy relief in Hyland’s unique quick-dissolving tablet, which can be taken easily wherever you are, without water. For children ages 2-12, Hyland’s 4 Kids offers Complete Allergy and Allergy Relief. Homeopathic medicines are gentle and effective in treating allergies.
With over 90% of our lives already spent indoors, don’t let allergies keep you inside any longer!
Dr. Trevor Holly Cates received her medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California. Dr. Cates practices in Park City, Utah where she sees patients from around the world as the Naturopathic Physician and Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator at the Golden Door Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Park City. She successfully treats a variety of acute and chronic health concerns with a holistic, integrative approach. In addition to private practice, Dr. Cates was appointed by [former] Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council, and she serves on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She also is a frequent lecturer and writes articles on natural medicine for various local and national publications.
Golden Door, Waldorf Astoria Park City * 435.647.5503 * www.DrTrevorCates.com