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Five pieces of advice on how to combat spring allergy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMany people experience respiratory allergy during the season of spring. This happens because plant life starts actively blooming in this season, and this fills the air with pollen. Allergy usually appears in the form of sneezing, running nose, cough, itch and watery eyes. Pharmacist Ivanda Krastina from ‘A Aptiekas’ offers multiple pieces of advice on how to effectively combat symptoms of allergy.

1.Long-term strengthening of the body’s immune system. Having an allergy means experiencing disruption of the body’s immune system. This is why it is highly important to strengthen one’s organism with vitamins. First of all, vitamins have a long-term beneficial impact on health in general. Secondly, it is important to keep in mind that vitamin reserves acquired in autumn always run out by spring, so the body needs all the help it can get in order to combat spring laziness. If a person is subjected to intense stress under lack of vitamins and improper dieting, that person falls under a greater risk of experiencing allergies.

2.TOP 3 vitamin groups with long-term and short-term effect. People should consume a large variety of different vitamins in spring. In terms of combating allergies, the best vitamins are C, E and A.

Vitamin C has a multi-sided effect. Many residents of Northern Europe experience deficit of Vitamin C. The same applies to people subjected to intense stress and smokers. Vitamin C is contained in high amounts in the following products: black currant, horseradish, paprika, cabbage, spinach and citrus fruits.

Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and helps combat free radicals in the body. It helps reduce the level of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the body, which is found in people with allergies. Vitamin E also helps maintain skin health – actively participates in restoration of cells, reduces loss of fluids, etc. Vitamin E also benefits the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and fertility. It can be found in green leafy vegetables, sunflower and olive oil, nuts, especially walnuts, and seeds.

Vitamin A, especially with zinc, is very important for the formation of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) and anti-bodies that identify allergens in the digestive tract and prevent them from entering the bloodstream. Vitamin A also helps strengthen nails and hair, slows down ageing and improves the skin health. This vitamin can be found in fruits and vegetables, green leaves, oils, cheeses, eggs, liver and fish oil.

3.Crossed allergies: products that should be avoided. Because allergies are a result of disrupted immune system, a person that suffers from allergies of one type is likely to develop allergies of other types. The link between respiratory and digestive allergies has been scientifically proven. If a person suffers from allergy toward alder pollen, that person must not consume apples, pears and celeriac during period of blooming alders. If a person suffers from allergy toward birch pollen, that person must not consume apples, pears, carrots, kiwi fruits, celeriac and tomatoes.

4.Lifestyle, living conditions and hygiene. During spring, people predisposed to allergies should spend as little as possible outside. Rooms should be aired when there is no wind, preferable right after rain. It is also a good idea to go on walks after rain. Hoovers with HEPA filters work best for people suffering from allergies.

5.Preparing for the blooming season. People suffering from annual spring allergies should prepare for the blooming season two or three weeks prior to its beginning. Light and medium forms of allergies can be controlled using antihistamines. If nothing helps to combat allergies (fruits and vegetables and medicine) people suffering from allergies should turn to their physician for help. If an allergy is not treated properly, it can become a more serious illness – asthma.


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