Local Honey for Combating Allergies

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Recently I read about using local honey to fight allergies and I think it makes such good, coomon sense. Apparently, it is similar to taking allergy shots, because you are actually ingesting the pollen that causes your allergic reactions in minute amounts. You build up a resistance, just like with allergy shots, until you are no longer allergic to the pollen anymore.
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Pollen Allergies Can Ruin a Party; How to Not Let Them

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Flowers can add great show to a party; that special splash of color. Besides being beautiful seasons, fall and spring have such striking seasonal flowers. But though the flowers are beautiful, that special splash can be the enemy of someone with severe pollen allergies. It’s hard to forgo flowers just because someone “might” have an allergy, but if you know about an allergy before hand, it would be courteous to skip or alter the flowers. So what can you do for your centerpiece or that extra show? Continue reading…

Tea: A Natural Alternative to Allergy Relief

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Sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throats, runny noses, these are just some of the common symptoms of seasonal allergies, whether spring, fall or both seasons for some. For an allergy sufferer, it can be a constant battle of taking OTC medication for relief and feeling groggy and sleepy or suffering through the symptoms and feeling plain miserable. When we open our minds, though, however foggy they may be, we can find some alternative treatments that are really worth trying, teas being one of them. Continue reading…

Grass and Weed Allergies

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It is summer, and it is that time of the year again when your allergies act up. Summers should be spent outdoors, having fun in the sun. But if you have the sniffles, your days would not be as enjoyable.

Summer is the peak season of grass and weed allergies. These plants produce highly allergenic pollens that trigger the most bothersome allergy symptoms. Continue reading…

Ragweed Allergy: The Pollen Season Ender

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Summer is over, and fall, the third and final pollen allergy season, is creeping in.  This is not good news for those who are allergic to ragweed.

What is ragweed and when is the ragweed pollen season?

Among the weeds that release the most allergenic pollens, ragweed is the most common.  It is usually found in underdeveloped areas such as fields and along roadsides in a rural environment. Continue reading…

Reasons, Seasons and Symptoms of Pollen Allergies

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What is a Pollen Allergy?

An allergy to pollen is more widespread compared to allergies to some foods, drugs, household dust, chemicals and other substances. The latter allergens can easily be avoided to prevent allergic reactions, but with a pollen allergy, it is a different story. Continue reading…

Pollen Count

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What is pollen?

Pollen is a dust-like powder that plants release in order to reproduce. There are two types of pollen: those that are light and are wind-dispersed, and those that are heavy and sticky that are insect-dispersed. Continue reading…

Allergy to Outdoor Mold Spores

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If you have an allergy that lasts almost all year round, you may be suffering from a sensitivity to mold spores. Molds can grow anywhere. If a mold source is disturbed, mold spores can disperse. The allergens produced by molds are found in mold spores, and inhaling these airborne spores can cause the allergic reactions. Continue reading…

Seasonal Allergies

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Have you ever wondered why you always seem to have a cold at the same time every year? Did you notice that your cold gets worse when you are outdoors, but the moment you go inside, your cold stops?

Seasonal allergies can be extremely bothersome, tiring, and even quite embarrassing with all the sniffles and sneezing. But there is no reason to feel embarrassed because you are not the only one suffering from allergies to airborne substances. Continue reading…

Low Allergy Cities

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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts Allergy Capitals, a research project to determine the 100 most challenging places to live in for those who have allergies in the spring and fall season. The results are based on 3 factors for 100 cities: (1) pollen scores of airborne grass, tree, and weed pollen, as well as mold spores; (2) number of allergy medications used per patient; and (3) number of allergy specialists per patient. Continue reading…