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Sneeze Patrol: How to Stifle Seasonal Allergies

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From pets to pollen, here's what you need to know to stifle the sniffles -- and the best remedies for annoying allergies.

Cats, Pollen, Peanuts: Allergies Explained

If the mere thought of spring makes your eyes itch, your nose run, and your chest tighten, join the club. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, up to 50 million Americans are plagued by seasonal allergies every year. But don't run out to the corner drugstore to stockpile tissues, eyedrops, and nasal spray just yet. We found the best traditional and natural remedies to tackle your worst symptoms, plus super easy-to-follow tips from the experts on how to allergy-proof your home. And that's nothing to sneeze at.

Outdoor allergies are triggered by pollen from grass, weeds, and trees, as well as from mold (surprise, it's not just in your bathroom and basement). The three pollen-heavy seasons are mid to late spring (tree pollen), late spring to summer (grass pollen) and late summer (weed pollen, predominantly ragweed). However, these can vary depending on which area of the country you live in, explains Bruce Dobozin, MD, coauthor of Allergies: The Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Daily Management (Plume, 1999). Mold tends to rear its head in the spring, summer and, especially, the fall. Pet dander has the dubious honor of causing both outdoor and indoor allergies year-round.

Indoor allergies are caused by dust mites, mold, cockroaches, and pet dander. Seasonal changes can increase their severity.

Food allergies occur when the immune system has an abnormal response to a particular food. The most common triggers are milk, soy, wheat, seafood, nuts, and eggs. Unfortunately, there's no cure for food allergies -- you just have to be careful to avoid the individual foods and products that contain the allergens.

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ljbarton6220 wrote:

Seems like everything I eat triggers my sinus's to start a waterfall of gunk down the back of my throat resluting in constant clearing of my throat or coughing to be able to breathe. One thing that has helped quite a bit is switching to gluten free bread (so I can have a sandwich again) and gluten free waffles. I still eat things that cause me discomfort but I carry around my allegra pills (buy them in quantitiy at Costco) which are the only ones I have found to releave sysmptoms.

4/14/2012 10:41:43 AM Report Abuse
homewme wrote:

I was getting an allergy shot every spring and fall as well as taking the allegra, nasonex, etc. and other meds as prescribed but still had issues. Started taking a tsp of elderberry extract each morning in my juice and taking an olive leaf extract capsule each morning and at bedtime. During allergy season I may increase the capsule to 2 (I use the 150mg) as needed. But haven't had an allergy shot for 7 years now.

4/13/2011 10:17:31 AM Report Abuse
mowprincess wrote:

I hate the advertisements that pop up when I am trying to read... you try to close them out.. and you get sent back to the original e-mail.. no fun

4/11/2011 06:30:35 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I've been on allergy shots for almost five years now, and the difference is amazing. I'm not symptom free, but I no longer want to crawl under the bed until my head explodes.

4/11/2011 02:30:58 PM Report Abuse
nccallanan wrote:

It was informative and I would like to see more on environmental allergies. I have suffered for allergies all my life and now am having difficulties finding safe products to deal with a new set of allergic reactions to chemicals.

4/11/2011 02:21:41 PM Report Abuse

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