It’s hard to enjoy the spring months with watery, itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, affects most of us and has no cure. Fortunately, there are ways to fight off your hay fever. Here we explain why we get allergies and what we can do to treat them  

Why Do We Get Seasonal Allergies?

Allergies are caused by the immune system’s reaction to non-dangerous substances, such as pollen or dust. In the spring, more people suffer from hay fever because of the pollen in the air. The most common symptoms are:

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy and/or runny nose
  • Itchy and/or watery eyes
  • Itchy or irritated skin or throat

Other less common symptoms can include:

  • Issues breathing (common in those suffering from Asthma)
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Frequent headaches
  • Hives

How to control and treat seasonal allergies:

Before treating seasonal allergies, always consult with a doctor first. There are many over-the-counter medications that can be used to lessen allergy symptoms, but they can cause other more bothersome symptoms, such as blurred vision, palpitations (fast heart beat), or bladder issues. Certain medications can negatively impact pre-existing conditions, such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Medications should only be taken with a doctor’s recommendation first.

There are some ways to help allergy symptoms naturally. The top three to always remember are:

  • To exercise regularly and maintain a well-balanced diet.
  • To sleep with your head elevated on a pillow to prevent a stuffy nose.
  • Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, which helps loosen the mucus inside the nose and throat.

Additional remedies to try include:

  • Using steam to help clear out a stuffy head and nose. This can be done with a store-bought steam inhaler, but an easier and cheaper option is either holding your face over a bowl of steaming water or just taking a hot, steamy shower.
  • Using eucalyptus oil. If you ever used Vicks Vapor Rub, then you know what eucalyptus smells like. If not, eucalyptus is an essential oil that has a strong, piney scent that opens up a stuffy head. Put a few drops into steaming water to help clear up congestion. (Never consume or apply to skin)
  • Drink tea. Aside from the steam, tea helps relieves congestion, specifically, peppermint tea.