Its that time of year again, when plants like to grow and bud. My sinuses hate it and I tend to sneeze a lot. The problem is my sneezes are so powerful I worry about dislocating my shoulders. I'm talking about 120 mph sneezes.
What can I do to save my arms from evil cats, plants and ragweed?
asked byprimallykosher (4131)
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on March 18, 2012
at 06:35 PM
PK, I don't know what to say about your arms and the sneezes. :)
Regarding the pollen troubles:
Some use quercetin or use foods containing quercetin, freeze-dried nettles, and Vit. C to help fight those histamines.
Some eat a low histamine diet.
Some avoid going outside during the highest pollen hours, or wear masks.
Some take every anti-histamine and decongestant possible, eye drops, nasal washes and sprays, use neti pots, etc.
It took me several years of avoiding grains, sugars, and packaged foods, additives/preservatives, etc., and then, almost two years of additional avoidances: nightshades, FODMAPs, sweet fruits, nuts/seeds/their oils, to have my symptoms lessen.
I still take antihistamines, but have been able to get by with loratadine alone this year, so far.
I also take many supplements. My exercise, yoga, meditation, and sleep habits have helped a great deal, too.
I don't go outside in the morning when the trees are spitting the most pollen, if I can avoid it.
I use an airoasis air purifier and hepa filters.
I've tried, a couple of years, taking local bee pollen during the fall and winter before the pollen comes, but it triggers symptoms.
Each year of eliminating problematic food groups or individual foods, and improving how I take care of myself in other ways, has helped.
The only other solution I can think of, is to move to a very arid climate, or to travel and avoid spring. :)
All the best to you.
on March 18, 2012
at 06:02 PM
You could eat some raw, unfiltered and local honey, which has pollen in it. Make sure all three conditions are met, and maybe you want to try 2-3 honey offers from different local providers. The pollen will train your immune system to local plants and won't react severely.
If you do dairy, eat 2 TBspoons from these honeys with Greek yogurt daily (or even better, make your own lactose-free priobiotic goat yogurt). Or get the honey directly out of the jar. Sure, it's not great for weight loss, but it works for allergies. Prioritize.
on April 17, 2012
at 03:46 AM
Weather Channel has decent pollen forecasts for USA http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/weather/
Also avoiding citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, etc.) and going to saunas to sweat out pollens might help.
Then other things PaleoGran said.