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How do I avoid losing my arms to seasonal allergies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

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?

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on April 17, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I ate honey for a couple of years - didn't help me at all. Every year it seemes to become worse and worse :(

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on March 22, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Hi, Jenny. :) I have heard that only the freeze-dried nettles, as a supplement are helpful against pollen. They come in capsules. I have tried drinking nettle tea, but it didn't help me. I can easily imagine that eating fresh nettles would only be irritating. The folks I know who eat them, only pick the tiniest, freshest leaves. I am finding this spring that taking extra Vitamin C helps. Am stil doing well with only loratadine, and lots of yoga and Callanetics. Hope you find something helpful which you like. :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I'm curious about the nettle thing, I've read that before, but everytime I eat nettles (worked in a restaurant that had a spring menu based entirely on nettles, so we ate them a LOT) it makes my palate sooooooo itchy and the corners of my lips burn, even when prepared perfectly and properly. I usually only get the itchy palate for items I'm allergic to, so maybe it's just that I am reacting to them...

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

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on March 19, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I have to agree with Invisible Caveman - be careful with raw honey if you have a problem with pollen. It was when I experimented with raw honey and straight bee pollen ingested internally (going straight to the source) that I realized I have a genuine pollen allergy and had anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. I'm skeptical that the body can be trained with allergens unless the dose is extremely small, as in desensitization done medically (in which they have a lot of precautions to ensure that if you do go into anaphylaxis, they can shoot you with adrenaline or whatever). Be CAREFUL.

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:46 AM

While this approach sounded good in theory when I first heard about it, I have to mention that I've been eating raw local honey from a few sources since November in hopes of combatting my pollen issue this season. This past week has shown me that it didn't do anything. In fact, I'm having more of a reaction to pollen this year than I seem to usually have (can't even go outside hardly right now or my throat starts to itch and my nose gets drippy). Not saying I'm giving up the honey or anything! I don't take meds unless I'm dying, so I've been bulking up on vit C which might be helping a bit.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on March 22, 2012
at 04:10 PM

Hi, Jenny. :) I have heard that only the freeze-dried nettles, as a supplement are helpful against pollen. They come in capsules. I have tried drinking nettle tea, but it didn't help me. I can easily imagine that eating fresh nettles would only be irritating. The folks I know who eat them, only pick the tiniest, freshest leaves. I am finding this spring that taking extra Vitamin C helps. Am stil doing well with only loratadine, and lots of yoga and Callanetics. Hope you find something helpful which you like. :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 22, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I'm curious about the nettle thing, I've read that before, but everytime I eat nettles (worked in a restaurant that had a spring menu based entirely on nettles, so we ate them a LOT) it makes my palate sooooooo itchy and the corners of my lips burn, even when prepared perfectly and properly. I usually only get the itchy palate for items I'm allergic to, so maybe it's just that I am reacting to them...

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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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.

7636e1e02ef91a46f20a42e07b565a4b

(367)

on March 19, 2012
at 03:02 AM

I have to agree with Invisible Caveman - be careful with raw honey if you have a problem with pollen. It was when I experimented with raw honey and straight bee pollen ingested internally (going straight to the source) that I realized I have a genuine pollen allergy and had anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. I'm skeptical that the body can be trained with allergens unless the dose is extremely small, as in desensitization done medically (in which they have a lot of precautions to ensure that if you do go into anaphylaxis, they can shoot you with adrenaline or whatever). Be CAREFUL.

0df0b1c6ae16bbb75b4a5efa3d876765

(2240)

on March 19, 2012
at 01:46 AM

While this approach sounded good in theory when I first heard about it, I have to mention that I've been eating raw local honey from a few sources since November in hopes of combatting my pollen issue this season. This past week has shown me that it didn't do anything. In fact, I'm having more of a reaction to pollen this year than I seem to usually have (can't even go outside hardly right now or my throat starts to itch and my nose gets drippy). Not saying I'm giving up the honey or anything! I don't take meds unless I'm dying, so I've been bulking up on vit C which might be helping a bit.

Bf96d0a97418613fcbd6ec2ec9a50f0d

(131)

on April 17, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I ate honey for a couple of years - didn't help me at all. Every year it seemes to become worse and worse :(

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Bf96d0a97418613fcbd6ec2ec9a50f0d

(131)

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.

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