Surviving Spring Allergy Season

Posted by Kia Crawford on March 19th, 2012 in Body, Dunwoody, GA | No Comments

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and today’s pollen count has already shattered the previous record set in 1999 with  8,164.  Needless to say, it may be a tough allergy season.  Our residents suffer with allergies too. Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga. has already taken measures to keep the community’s patio areas pollen free this year, and it is still winter!  Itchy eyes, runny noses, sore throats, and coughing fits may leave allergy sufferers to conclude they are simply allergic to spring!

Atlanta and Pollen

Atlanta is appropriately titled the “City of Trees” due to the beautiful canopy of trees that covers large portions of the city. But allergy sufferers may not care for the “City of Trees” in the spring months because the pollen the trees produce leaves them in total misery.  It is almost an Atlanta custom to see pollen blanketing the city with yellow residue on cars, sidewalks, cloths and everything in between. As beautiful as spring is in Atlanta, the yellow stuff leaves a huge mess…everywhere.

The pollen that we see all over the city is pine tree pollen. Pine tree pollen is larger, so it is more visible. Interestingly, it is not the pine tree pollen that aggravates  allergy suffers. It is the smaller, less visible pollen like oak, pine, mulberry, sycamore, sweet gum and birch that affects allergy sufferers the most. Unfortunately pollen can not be avoided.  So, how should you protect yourself during Atlanta’s allergy season?

Ways to Manage Allergies

  • Wash your hands regularly or use sanitizer regularly
  • Keep your hands from your face
  • Cover your eyes with sunglasses when outside
  • Don’t use clotheslines
  • Wash your clothes thoroughly
  • Wash you hair regularly
  • Get allergy medications from your local drug store or use natural remedies such as honey and apple cider vinegar to calm your allergies
  • Keep patio furniture clear of pollen like Dogwood Forest of Dunwoody Assisted Living in Dunwoody, Ga.
Natural Options to Fight Allergies
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing technique. It is used to stimulate meridians, and when using acupuncture to treat allergies the lung meridian would be stimulated. Find a professional acupuncturist for help.
  • Herbs: Natural herbs can be used to treat a host of ailments including allergies. Goldenseal and Echinacea are used to treat allergies. I can attest to the two remedies. They work wonders if used regularly. Find a local herbalist for other herbal remedies.
  • Chinese Medicine: Chinese Medicine use traditional Chinese herbs such as Biminni. Chinese medicine requires mixing of several herbs, so it would be necessary to consult with a Chinese herbalist.
  • Homeopathy: Homeopathy uses plant extracts to treat conditions. For a prescribed treatment unique to you and your symptoms, consult a homeopath.