2011-05-12 / Local & State

Tips To Prevent And Treat Seasonal Allergies

If you suffer from seasonal asthma or allergies, you know how uncomfortable your symptoms can make you this time of year. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Rather than suffer in sniffling silence, you can say goodbye to your unpleasant symptoms with simple lifestyle changes and diet modifications.

What you put inside your body can have a tremendous impact on your allergies says Dr. Fred Pescatore, author of “The Allergy & Asthma Cure,” as well as the bestselling “ The Hamptons Diet.” According to Dr. Pescatore, “refined sugars, flours, and processed food all trigger inflammation, so steer clear of them.”

Instead, look for foods containing vitamin D3, which decreases inflammation, vitamin C, which helps combat the added stress to our bodies caused by allergies, and vitamin A, which helps rid the body of mucus.

It also helps to turn your home into a refuge from allergens. Preventing buildup of harmful irritants is a crucial step to breathing easy.

Regularly dusting, vacuuming and washing bedding will go a long way in the fight against allergens. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American recommends wearing a mask while you clean, and leaving it on for a few hours afterward while the dust settles.

Be sure to keep your home dry. Water build-up is an invitation for mold growth. Go mold-free by hanging wet towels, fixing indoor and outdoor leaks, and using a dehumidifier.

Feathered and furry creatures may be lovable and cute, but they are no friend to your sinuses. Do yourself a favor and keep Fido and Polly out of the bedroom.

Irritants from the great outdoors should stay outside. After a jog through the park, or an afternoon picnic, leave your shoes on the porch and take a shower right away. You can also keep pollen at bay by closing your windows at night. And while you can’t control every space in which you spend time, you can give your car the same treatment you give your home. Vacuum the interior for a comfortable commute.

In addition to modifying your diet to eliminate allergy triggers, Dr. Pescatore has found that nutritional supplements can help allergy and asthma sufferers. Look for ones containing vitamin D3, vitamin C and vitamin A. Additionally, vitamin B12 stabilizes the imbalance of bacteria occurring in the guts of most allergy sufferers. Pantethine works as a natural steroid, quercetin is one of nature’s best antihistamines, and magnesium helps rid your body of toxins it consumes and faces daily while helping you breathe more easily.

For more diet and allergy tips, visit www.drpescatore.com.

“Following these simple steps,” says Dr. Pescatore, “could mean the difference between an enjoyable spring and a typically unpleasant one for the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies and asthma.”

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