If the arrival of spring delights some, the beautiful days can also be an obsession for others. Sneezing, watery eyes, irritated throat, runny nose, fatigue… 25% of French people are affected by pollen allergies or hay fever.
SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL ALLERGIES
Allergies can affect you from head to toe. Spring is often thought to be peak allergy season, but you can be affected in summer and fall as well, depending on what you're allergic to.
The most common symptoms are: itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion. But asthma, skin rashes and sore throats are other lesser-known symptoms, so some people think they are not seasonal allergies. An increase in hives, eczema and asthma can also be seen when the amounts of pollen are highest. Allergies are the most common cause of asthma.
STEP 1: MONITOR YOUR DIET
It is in the intestinal flora that 80% of our immune system is found, so we adopt a healthy and balanced diet, eating mainly fresh fruits and vegetables and avoiding gluten, dairy products, refined sugar, alcohol or tobacco which are very pro-inflammatory.
We also make sure to stay hydrated to keep the mucous membrane of the nose and the sinuses moist and thus better eliminate toxins.
STEP 2: CLEAN
When you get home, we recommend that you change and take a shower to remove as much pollen from your body as possible, so that you don't carry it around all day and in your bed.
Also consider pulling your hair back (hair can carry allergens) with a silk scrunchie and wash your face.
STEP 3: CALM THE EYES
Applying a cold washcloth to your eyes will help reduce inflammation. You can also use ice, as you would for an injury or swelling.
STEP 4: GET COVERED
With COVID and masks, we realized that allergy and asthma symptoms were greatly reduced. If you are prone to allergies, you may consider wearing a mask outside (some are more comfortable than others). One can also opt for wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses in the spring, as this creates a barrier so that pollen does not enter your eyes.
STEP 5: BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Allergies are usually a good indication of an overloaded immune system. To boost your vitamin D levels, spend at least 20 minutes a day in the sun and eat foods rich in vitamin C, which reduces inflammation linked to allergic reactions (chili peppers, peppers, etc.).
To better cope with the inconveniences that accompany this change of season, Hygée has concentrated the best of adaptogenic plants in L'Immunité , one of the flagship products of its range. Anti-inflammatory powder composed of Astragalus and Reishi , the formula boosts immune defences, increases vitality, reduces inflammation and prevents allergies.