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Can Allergies Be Cured? The Answer Isn’t As Difficult As You May Think

August 31, 2020
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If you’ve ever suffered from seasonal allergies, you’ve almost certainly wondered to yourself - “Why can’t they just cure my allergies?”

It seems like a legitimate question. After all, seasonal allergies affect millions of people around the world everyday. And there are a variety of medications and treatments readily available to alleviate symptoms. So, why hasn’t anyone figured out a way to “cure” your hayfever.

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Well, the answer is sadly that “they” can’t! A quick Google search for the answer unearthed a few bits of research and some theories on how it could work, but it seems at present there is nothing out there that will “cure” your allergies, at least nothing that is readily available.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t stop your allergies before they start!

 

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See! The symptoms you experience when your seasonal allergies flare up are a direct result of your body’s immune system’s response to a foreign invader. Your body sees things like dust, pollen, and other airborne particulates as the enemy and goes into defense mode to protect you from them, triggering an inflammatory response and leaving you with a runny nose and itchy eyes.[*]

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Unfortunately, you can’t really replace your immune system, which means, as an allergy sufferer, you’re pretty much stuck looking for another solution.

A woman hiding from her allergies.Healthians Blog

In theory, if you could eliminate or prevent all that pollen and dust from getting in, you could also hopefully avoid the allergic reaction. Wouldn’t that be nice???

In practice, it’s probably not 100% achievable to completely prevent your allergies from flaring up every now and then. But you might be able to reduce your overall exposure to triggers and reduce the negative impacts of your symptoms by following a few easy steps.

1. Stay Indoors

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You can start by staying indoors on days when your triggers are high. Check your local weather and air quality reports for detailed information and alerts and stay indoors with the windows closed and the air conditioning on, if possible.

2. Wear A Mask

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If you do have to go outside, you may want to consider wearing a mask to help protect you from exposure. Wearing a face mask that is designed properly and fits well can stop particles like pollen and dust from entering through your airways.

3. Shower Up

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After being outside, you may want to remove any clothing or accessories that may be covered in allergens before coming into the house. And it’s a good idea to shower, if possible, to remove any further dust and pollen from your body and hair.

4. Rinse Your Sinuses

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Try rinsing your sinuses after being outside and before you go to bed to remove any particulates that may have entered into your airways. You can also use a nasal therapy system to relieve congestion and moisturize your sinuses. It’s an inexpensive and effective way to really help fight your allergies.

5. Ask A Pharmacist

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In addition, there are also some over-the-counter medications that can relieve and prevent allergy symptoms for many sufferers. It might be necessary to try a few different types of medications, as not everyone responds the same and some people may experience side-effects. Be sure to always consult with your physician before taking any medications or seeking any treatment.

 

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In the end, it would be nice if doctors and scientists could come up with a “cure” for seasonal allergies but it could be a long way off in the future before we see that happen. Instead, as a seasonal allergy sufferer, you’re far better off trying to prevent your symptoms from flaring up in the first place. Allergy symptoms can be really annoying at the best of times but with just a few quick tricks, you can move forward with one less obstacle in your way.

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