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3 Mindful Hay Fever Tips

April 20, 2017

As pollen fills the air, millions of Americans start reaching for their Kleenex. It’s the season of severe hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, and it can be tiring. Fortunately, there are a few Mindful tips that can help you deal with hay fever.

Hay fever is not caused by a virus, like other illnesses—hay fever occurs “when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.” Hay fever is caused by a variety of factors, including pet dander and dust mites. But in the spring, airborne mold spores and pollen (from grass, trees, and weeds) are the major contributing factors to hay fever. Hay fever can cause an array of symptoms, including fatigue, sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, and a runny nose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million adults suffer from hay fever every year as well as 6.1 million children under the age of 18. If you or one of your family members happen to suffer from hay fever, consider some of the helpful tips listed below.

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  1. Tea. A variety of teas can help with hay fever symptoms. Nettle tea has anti-inflammation properties that can help prevent hay fever symptoms if taken at the right time. Ginger tea can break up congestion, and drinking chamomile tea can help soothe you after a day of sniffing and sneezing. You can also place warm, damp chamomile tea bags over your eyes to help relieve your itchy eye symptoms.

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  1. Fish oil. Fish oil is thought to combat asthma and allergies because it contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are said to have anti-inflammatory nutrients, which can help protect against the inflammation symptoms such as nose congestion, itchy eyes, and scratchy throats. Nowadays people take fish oil supplements or eat foods in high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as mackerel, walnuts, herring, and flaxseeds. Here’s a study that examines the issue further.

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  1. Honey. Believe it or not, honey (which has allergens) can help with your hay fever. Research shows that by consistently eating a small dose of honey can allow your body to build up pollen tolerance over time. For this to work, it’s important to eat local honey, because it’s created with the nectar from the plants in your area, which could be causing your hay fever. You can find more information here.
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