It’s getting warmer out there!

For many of us, this incites fond memories of picnics, walks outside and trips to the park.

But for many others, all they can think about is the runny nose, the itchy eyes, the constant sneeze and tickle in the back of the throat. Yep, it’s allergy-season again.

Is there actually a way to avoid this nagging feeling?
Are there really medications out there that will allow you to see the grass and trees as friends again?
Well, yes, there is still a way!

Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis) affects over 35 million Americans each year.

With the pollen count being quite high this year, people who previously have had no trouble with allergies may experience some symptoms this year. It may take one by so much surprise, in fact, that it can be confusing to tell if it’s just a “head cold” or actually allergic symptoms.  

There are some ways to tell the difference between the common cold and seasonal allergies:

  Allergic shiners – note the dark circles under both eyes.

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There are basically three ways one can treat allergies. That includes:
1. Avoidance

2. Medications

3. Allergy shots

A Dutch research study also supports that eating onions may help with hay fever symptoms. Onions contain a natural anti-histamine, called “quercetin”, in almost 10 times as much as kale and other vegetables! There’s no recommended dose as of yet, however, so consider eating red onions raw and tossed through salads, or on sandwiches or in cooked dishes. Quercetin can also be found in black tea, green tea, apples, raspberries, red grapes and broccoli.

May your sneezes be a thing of the past!

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