Drip, Drip, Drip….
Allergy season is hitting hard and early this year often sending you into a spiral of drip, drip, drip…infection. While we can’t control the amount of pollen, dust or pollution in the air we can help decrease our overall response. All allergens cause a release of histamine in our bodies and we can only handle a certain amount before we start having symptoms.
- Outdoor allergens
- Negative emotions- surprising right?
- Hormone imbalances
- Foods, dyes, etc
Working on all of these can help lower your overall histamine levels. The best analogy I have is visualizing your histamine system like a bathtub. If your bathtub is almost full before allergy season arrives then you will most likely overflow and have tons of symptoms and will likely end up with a sinus infection. However, if your bathtub water level is low before allergy season hits then when all the histamine starts to raise the water level it might just not overflow. If you are prone to seasonal allergies, then you need to work on getting your bathtub water level as low as possible the rest of the year to keep you out of trouble. I want to zero in on foods because I am a HUGE believer that our foods are one of the biggest allergy culprits we have at keeping the water level high. Symptoms of allergies include not only the drippy nose & congestion but can be diarrhea, bloating, joint aches, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, & eczema just to name a few. If you have any of these then it’s no surprise that you are stuck on the anti-histamines year round. Patients are often able to stop their anti-histamines once they eliminate their offending foods.