Today is the First Day of Spring!
Address Your Outdoor Allergy “Blind Spots”!
By Cesar Collado
Spring is here! Unfortunately, for a large number of the population, spring also brings outdoor allergens. Thus, allergy season is also beginning for those people. In some states with extended warm climates, allergy season lasts for many months, sometimes until winter, as different types of trees, grasses, and weeds continue to release pollen into the air.
The body’s immune response to the release of all of these outdoor allergens is an extremely complicated biological process with several lines of defense, structures, and biological processes. We aren’t just allergic to outdoor allergens. Our bodies have sensitivities to foods, medicines, latex and many other allergens. Right now, I would like to focus only on allergies as they pertain to spring and “Allergy Season,” though. There are a few Blind Spots that need to be considered in planning for a livable allergy season. We can start with the fact that mold is a year round antigen and allergen.
Most consumers are aware of the breadth of people impacted by allergies. We have all been bombarded with advertisements for antihistamines (Zyrtec/Claritin) and Glucocorticoid steroid nose sprays (Flonase/Nasacort) for decades. This has been exacerbated as prescription allergy medicines became Over the Counter (“OTC”) medicines. In addition, since the advent of the internet, patients have become quite sophisticated in monitoring pollen counts on daily and even hourly bases. During the spring, it is common to turn on the TV or computer and be updated with the pollen counts in your daily news—its almost an obsession. For good reason, though, because for those affected, the health issues associated with seasonal allergies can often be quite debilitating.
Seasonal allergies are also often associated with Asthma. Asthma is a chronic auto-immune disease linked to allergies; but, it has both a genetic and environmental component. It causes sufferers fits of not being able to catch their breath or to get enough oxygen into their lungs. This is especially problematic as it often impacts children and can last a lifetime. Many who suffer from asthma must carry an inhaler at all times to treat themselves immediately should an asthma attic occur. For this reason, inhalers can be life-saving. But, some proactive measures could also be taken to prevent the asthmatic progression.
As a matter of fact, there are a few “Blind Spots” that normal allergy sufferers often miss in their diligent monitoring and medicating to address their allergic reactions.
Some key facts for allergy sufferers to consider:
- Mold is a year-round antigen that exists in every environment. Environmental circumstances not related to nature can impact mold. Situational circumstances can create very dangerous mold situations in any home at any socioeconomic level.
- Monitoring moisture and dampness is an important part of remaining healthy. Almost half of all homes have been water damaged. A significant percentage of the most severe cases of mold illness and mycotoxin poisoning in literature is directly related to water damaged homes.
Seasonal allergies impact a very large percentage of people:
- Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
- Allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever, is a common condition that causes symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, watery eyes and itching of the nose, eyes or the roof of the mouth.
- A small portion of these allergy sufferers will find their way to an allergist for symptoms of allergic rhinitis that occur in spring, summer and/or early fall. They are usually caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or mold spores.
- Allergies are linked to developing asthma. This is particularly important as children and elderly are impacted more severely.
To this end, millions of sufferers diligently check the internet for pollen counts, take antihistamines, and self-medicate with OTC nasal decongestions and steroids. Most of these products are now available in almost any pharmacy, grocery, or superstore, etc. Unfortunately, 60% of patients treated for spring allergies are unsatisfied with allergy medications. Part of the reason is in the difficulty of removing all allergens from the air. Besides that, current allergy medications do not have any impact on mold.
Let’s address the seasonal allergy blindspots one-by-one to help lessen the suffering:
Blindspot #1 Mold
There are two approaches to addressing mold allergies for sufferers who are either diagnosed with mold allergies through immunoglobulin (IgG and IgE or ALCAT testing) diagnostics by a physician
or who are simply not satisfied with the efficacy of their medication. 1) Daily rinsing of sinuses with an efficient nasal rinse system and Citridrops Dietary Supplement is extremely effective in removing mold, mucous, and debris to prevent or heal from sinus infections. I recommend the Nasopure Nasal Wash System to wash the sinuses. It applies physical sciences and practicality to be extremely effective, efficient, and less uncomfortable or painful than some traditional neti-pots. Removing the actual spores that are making you sick and causing infection is an obvious fix for our bodies to heal. This is similar to keeping a wound clean while it heals to avoid infection. 2) Citridrops Nasal Spray is another method and is also an easy way to address mold in the air in addition to normal allergy medications.
Blind Spot #2. Moisture
While you may find outdoor mold counts on some internet sites, the readings are largely irrelevant. Because we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, high mold counts indoors can have the biggest impact on us. Normal airborne mold counts indoors are usually acceptable with regular air conditioning filters to collect from the air. Mold usually does not become a problem unless there is a source of moisture in any area of the home.
It is rather easy to track mold indoors on clothes, shoes, or pets. If there is a water leak that develops during spring storms or a home does not have humidity control in it, most building materials and furnishings can serve as mold food. Because mold is everywhere, it only takes a few spores to combine with moisture and food to reproduce at high levels. Regularly checking your home for leaks is a critical part of maintaining your health. Monitoring humidity with either portable or installed dehumidification to keep humidity below 40% makes mold growth much less likely.
You can test your home quickly and inexpensively with EC3 Mold Screening Test Kit (6 pack). These Petri dish culture diagnostics will tell you if you have excessive mold growth. In the event you do, fixing the source of moisture is absolutely critical. Significant mold issues should be addressed by professionals. Fogging with EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate is very effective in taking a broad stroke in removing mold from you home air load.
Blind Spot #3 Immune System Health
During allergy season, assisting the body’s natural immunity in any way can have a significant positive impact on your wellness. This can mean preventing chronic infections. As mentioned earlier, the immune system is extremely complex with many layers of defense and solutions to address foreign antigens and diseases.
Two products to fortify the immune system specifically for allergens:
- Sinus Defense is a homeopathic medicine that uses transfer factor to identify and mark foreign antigens in our body. This allows the body’s cell-mediated immunity (T-Cells) to destroy and (Macrophages) to remove foreign antigens. Sinus Defense makes our bodies more efficient in fighting disease.
- CellTropin provides pituitary and hormonal support when your body needs it. Allergens and infections can impact the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is the master gland and controls eight bodily hormonal systems. If it is compromised by an allergen onslaught, everything can go haywire. CellTropin is designed to strengthen the body systems that will keep your hormones on track when allergens are at their worst.
Finally, it would be irresponsible not to mention that a healthy diet can have an enormous impact on your immune system. The typical Western diet includes several toxic foods that appear to be contributing causes to the drastic increase in autoimmune diseases. Industrial seed oils, sugars, soy, and cereal grains in refined forms can cause inflammation in your body and a decline in gut health. In addition, hormone disruptors, like pesticides and BPAs, stress, smoke, perfume or environmental irritants may also play a role in the development or severity of allergies.