Runny Noses Aren’t Sexy!

Tired of rubbing your nose raw and constantly breathing through your mouth when allergies flare?  I’m betting this probably isn’t your best look or the look that you are going for.  Relying on antihistamines to get through the allergy season may lead you to suffer their side effects, especially if you take them long term.

Side effects such as:  “sedation, impaired motor function, dizziness, dry mouth and throat, blurred vision, urinary retention and constipation.  Antihistamines can worsen urinary retention and narrow angle glaucoma” (1). Some may put some people at risk of liver injury.

Woman with pollen allergy in springtime near tree in bloom.

It’s not to say these aren’t great short term strategies for allergies or that a lot of people don’t tolerate them well, but what if you could rely on over the counter antihistamines less or not at all?

Here are some tips to keep you looking sexy this allergy season:

 

  1. Keep overall inflammation down!  Eat your veggies and check for food sensitivities.  
  2. Probiotics (2)
  3. Fish oil (3)
  4. Products that include quercetin, activated quercetin, stinging nettle, Vitamin C and pycnogenol may also be safe and effective!

 

So be sexy this allergy season. Meet with your naturopathic doctor / health care provider and discuss what might be the best approach for you in dealing with allergic rhinitis .

Sarah Kent, ND

Sarah KentDr. Sarah Kent is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in your health.  She blends traditional knowledge with current scientific understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.


References

  1. http://livertox.nih.gov/Antihistamines.htm June 9th 2014
  2. Yang G, Liu Z-Q, Yang P-C. Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis with Probiotics: An Alternative Approach. North American Journal of Medical Sciences. 2013;5(8):465-468. doi:10.4103/1947-2714.117299.
  3. Hoff S1, Seiler H, Heinrich J, Kompauer I, Nieters A, Becker N, Nagel G, Gedrich K, Karg G, Wolfram G, Linseisen J. Allergic sensitisation and allergic rhinitis are associated with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet and in red blood cell membranes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Sep;59(9):1071-80.

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