Should you dwell in the huge swath east or west of the Rockies, and suffer a cough and congestion each fall for about 5 weeks, then you may be allergic to ragweed.
Although this weed can be found just about everywhere, it is more prolific in that neck of the woods, or plains, or desert.
Ragweed’s not the only pollen source for hay fever or pollen allergy or rhinitis or seasonal allergies or pollinosis or however you want to term that cause for your cough and congestion nuisance.
Some other common runny nose and sneezing causes brought to you via the grass department are:
Mow your lawn before it goes to seed and you’ll find less of an allergy issue with grass around home. This natural treatment method may also require you to hit your neighbor’s yard as well. Ask first of course.
Also, in the seasonal allergen realm are some pollen producing trees, and with some of these only the males cause the nasal drip problems, like:
- box elder
- date palm
- Phoenix palm
Most tree allergies are specific to one type, so look up and around the next time you launch into a sneezing fit on your stroll in the great outdoors.
So what is all your sneezing about?
Well, each spring, summer or fall, trees, weeds and grasses release these minuscule pollen grains that float out into the air. Unfortunately for you, some of these babies get sucked up your nose and throat when taking your survival breaths of oxygen.
That, my poor sufferer, triggers the allergy known as hay fever.
Hay fever, pollen allergy, rhinitis or seasonal allergies symptoms can include:
- postnasal drip
- runny, clogged nose
- under eyes dark circles
- itchy eyes, nose, throat
Antihistamines are the “king of treatments” when it comes to offering pollinosis allergy decongestant relief. The trick here is to take them before your immune system’s onslaught of protective measures.
Yep, its your immune system that is the actual cause of symptoms. Antihistamines keep it under reasonable response control to pollen.
The weird thing about antihistamines is that you must discover which one works best for you. This means trying different ones until you happen upon the one that offers “you” the best relief.
In the circumstance none of the OTC one’s give you results, then off to the doctor for stronger stuff or allergy shot. Hay fever shots help to make you desensitized to pollen for longer relief.
A couple of reducing pollen up your nose natural treatment methods go like this:
- wear a nose/mouth mask
- avoid going outdoors between 5-10 am
- stay indoors during dry, hot and windy days
- don’t dry your clothes outdoors during allergy season
- reserve outdoor activities to just after a heavy rain or late afternoon
Sucking up clean and fresh outdoor air is vital to good health. So find a way to get your regular dose of it without intolerable congestion. This may take some healthy coughing.