Spring is upon us and the burst of warmth also brings unwanted sniffles, tearing and itchy symptoms all associated with allergies. This is particularly true for pregnant women who are more vulnerable to allergy symptoms, due to swollen nasal passages brought on by increased blood volume and hormones. People come to my office reluctant to use pharmaceutical anti-histamine medication or wishing they could rely less heavily on them during the spring and summer allergy season. This is particularly true of pregnant women and nursing mothers. The good news is that there are a host of naturopathic treatment options for allergy sufferers and really no need to struggle through such wonderful spring and summer months.
The approach is two-fold. First, you want to reduce exposure to allergy-causing agents such as dust, mold, pollen or pet dander. Often identifying and removing food allergens also lessons the bodys reactivity to environmental triggers. Second, you want to support the bodys immune response so the level of histamine being produced is lessoned and so the body reacts less intensely to allergens. Naturopathic Doctors can help identify unknown allergy triggers and often use vitamin therapy in combination with either acupuncture or homeopathy to strengthen the immune system.
To reduce Allergen Exposure:
Be sure to cleanse the nasal passages where allergens accumulate. Use a saline rinse i.e. Neti Pot at least 3 times a week if not daily.
In your home, try using a Hepa or high grade air filter on your furnace and/ or bedroom.
Have full spectrum carpeting removed or deep cleaned along with regular duct cleaning.
Use natural cleaning products to reduce the bodys exposure to more harmful and potential allergic substances including artificial fragrances.
By reducing your exposure to allergic substances in your environment you may eliminate your allergic symptoms. If this alone is not enough, contact a licensed naturopathic doctor who can work with you in more detail and create a personalized approach to combating your allergies.
Kristin Heins, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Co-Founder of Thrive Natural Family Health