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Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love the longer days, getting outside more, and watching nature bloom all around me.
Unfortunately, my nose does not agree. Like so many people, my allergy symptoms in the spring have evolved, and I have become vulnerable to sneezing, congestion, sore throat, and even feeling tired.
Allergic rhinitis is “the most common chronic disease in the United States, affect[ing] between 10 and 30% of adults and up to 40% of children”¹.
The symptoms of allergic rhinitis start at Mast Cells
Mast Cells are an important part of the immune system that also play a role in allergies. Mast Cells are equipped with receptors for antigens (a signal to the immune system that an invader is within the body). Someone that has allergies produces antibodies (IgE) which function to tag antigens as they enter the body. An antigen tagged with IgE circulating in the bloodstream will land on a mast cell, causing the mast cell to launch its weapons (histamine, cytokines and other inflammatory chemicals), These chemicals will land in the nasal passage, sinuses, and lungs leading to allergy symptoms.
Allergies are an excellent reminder of keeping a healthy immune system. Allergies such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eczema remind us that the immune system can become overactive.
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Many of my patients attempt to treat nasal congestion with over-the-counter decongestants. Unfortunately, overuse of these makes congestion much worse. After the medication wears off, the tissues have a rebound swelling that only goes away with another dose of the nasal decongestant. Rhinitis medicamentosa can be devastating and dangerous.
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Vitamin C is fantastic for supporting your immune system. When your immune system is called into action, Vitamin C is used up very quickly. Your immune system will require more Vitamin C during times of stress, infection, and allergies.
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Did you know stress makes your allergies worse? Did you know that allergies also can make mental illness worse?
According to researchers, suffering from asthma or hay fever may put you at an increased risk of developing a psychiatric disorder. The study reports over a 15 year period, 10.8% of people with allergies developed psychiatric disorders, compared to 6.7% of people without allergic diseases.
I frequently recommend and take magnesium to relax the mind, the muscles, sleep better and improve digestion. Calm is my favorite! It tastes fantastic and can be made as a cooling tonic or a warm, comforting bedtime concoction.
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