Pollen and Allergy Relief
Here's some allergy relief.
Need Quick Allergy Relief After Pollen Exposure?
So where do you turn when pollen hits you head-on and catches you without
any protective allergy medicine? Are there remedies to ward off nasal
congestion and still get allergy relief? Absolutely, according to Murray
Grossan, MD, a Los-Angeles-based ENT and author of The Sinus Cure.
Grossan tells WebMD that using a saline nasal rinse or nasal irrigation several
times a day during the height of pollen season gives allergy relief for two
"The saline solution removes miniscule particles of pollen from the
nasal passages and also removes IgE, the chemical in the body that reacts with
pollen to give you the allergy symptoms," he explains. Lowered IgE levels
mean fewer allergy symptoms.
Grossan knows all about nasal saline rinses and the respiratory system and
with good reason: his Hydro-Pulse Nasal/Sinus Irrigator was featured in
Time magazine (2000) as one of America's best inventions.
On a lighter note, Grossan mentions that the singer Enrico Caruso used to
suck pickled fish before giving performances. "The hypertonic solution
diluted his mucus, making it easier to sing," the doctor tells WebMD.
"In numerous published journal studies, findings show that patients with
allergic rhinitis or chronic sinusitis who used saline nasal irrigation
regularly left their doctors' offices with the bacterial load reduced,
requiring fewer antibiotics and expressing much greater patient
satisfaction," Grossan says.
To make a saline solution for nasal rinsing during pollen season, Grossan
says use 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 4 ounces of bottled water.
See Your Allergist for More Allergy Relief
Lastly, if you are plagued by pollen allergies year round, your doctor may
recommend allergy testing and allergy shots (immunotherapy). To get allergy
relief, your doctor may also prescribe an inhaled steroid nasal spray, a
non-sedating antihistamine, a decongestant, or other allergy
It's important to stay on your allergy medications daily to get full allergy
relief and to prevent further problems. Allergy medicines are especially
necessary during spring pollen season when you risk being in allergy overload
from all the offending substances.
If you feel that your allergy medicines are not giving you enough relief,
talk to your doctor or allergist. Many of the newer inhaled allergy
medicines can help stop inflammation and mucus production without side effects,
allowing you to regain control of your active life.