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Seasonal allergies during changing weather
As the weather changes, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to seasonal allergies that are prevalent during this transitory period.

Changing weather, may it be a transition from summer to winter or the opposite, is often synonymous with runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion for some of us. Allergies can be bothersome and if not treated promptly can take potentially more harmful forms.

Allergies are caused by the body's immune system's exaggerated response to seemingly harmless substances like dust mites, pollen, animal dander etc. Interaction with these 'allergens' can cause widespread histamine release in the body that causes the characteristic inflammatory symptoms of allergies.

Seasonal allergies can affect any age but, children aged from 6-18 years are the most vulnerable. So, here are few tips to fight seasonal allergies the natural way:

  1. Remodel your diet: essential fatty acids derived from natural sources like flax seed are helpful in fighting allergies, try avoiding mucous producing foods like dairy, milk, processed wheat and sugar. Ginger, garlic, honey and Tulsi are known to help with allergies.

  2. Invest in hypo allergenic bedding if you are allergic dust mites, or fabric dander.

  3. Keep your surroundings dust and pollution free.

  4. Check your house for mold and pollen often found in humid corners, these are potent allergens.

  5. Use steam inhalers to relieve stuffy nose and sinuses.

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