Ever wonder what the most common spring allergies are? Read below to find out what they are. Also, learn 5 easy things you can do to treat your own symptoms.
Common Spring Allergens
Pollen is the most common early spring allergen (mold spores are also). It’s released by trees and other plants during the spring. The trees most commonly associated with allergic rhinitis (inflammation of your sinuses) in the U.S. include Ash, Birch, Cypress, Western red cedar, Walnut, Sycamore, Poplar, Oak, Maple, Hickory and Elm.
In late spring, grass pollens are the key culprit and include Bermuda grass, Bluegrass, Timothy grass, Sweet vernal grass, Red top grass and Orchard grass.
5 tips on treating your symptoms
Neti Pot with saline solution
This helps clear out your sinuses and prevent bacteria from forming. You can even use it once you’re already stuffed up. It will help move mucus out of your nasal passageways, relieve pressure and act as a preventative bacteria-fighter.
This is an all-natural saline spray. Ingredients include xylitol, purified water, salt and grapefruit seed extract. These ingredients help fight against bacteria and provide a moist environment, which noses like. Because it’s all-natural, you can use this spray as much as you’d like throughout the day.
If you have red, itchy eyes, try some Ju Hua tea. After you steep and drink your tea, drain excess liquid and place tea bags over your eyes. Also, eat some liver! The eyes belong to the liver in Chinese Medicine. Eating liver will help boost your own. Co-ops and local farms have great options. Liver pate counts, too.
If your symptoms are coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, cupping is for you. This therapy will help open up your lungs and release fluid.
Schedule a treatment at VAMT
Acupuncture and massage (especially lymph drainage massage) can help ease your symptoms and turn on your immune system.
Give us a ring
Are you experiencing allergies this spring? Call us to set up an appointment.
Until next time!
Rachel Kristyniak, Licensed Acupuncturist at VAMT
Rachel was born and raised in St.Paul, MN, where she currently lives with her husband, Chris and Shih Zhu, Stewie. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences in 2017 with her Masters in Chinese Medicine. Rachel found Chinese medicine on a journey to understand and tend to her own anxiety and depression and now has a passion for helping others who experience a similar reality. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and welcomes anyone looking for care.