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Apr 13, 2010

healthy-medicine: 2010 Worst Allergy Season

Attention allergy sufferers, if you're noticing that your throat is scratchier than usual, your nose is running a marathon and your eyes are tearing up, then you know it is indeed that time of year.It seems almost every year we’re saying this year is a bad allergy year. But this year really is a horrible year for allergies. In fact, this is perhaps the worst allergy season in 40 to 50 years.

Dr. Ian Wahl joins us to give tips to for breathing easy on this Allergy Season : Spring seoson has finally arrived. And with the long-awaited beautiful weather and the shades of green painting our landscape, has come the pollen. ABC News reports that 2010 has been an especially bad year for allergy suffers due to the late onset of Spring and the amount of late Winter rains throughout the country.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, roughly 20% of Americans suffer from allergies and Dr. Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc, practitioner offers the following tips for staying allergy free during this especially bad allergy season.

a) Magnesium eases breathing : Some immunologists suggest taking 400 milligrams of magnesium daily helps with nasal allergies and breathing problems. If you want to supplement your diet with magnesium-rich foods, the best sources are nuts, beans, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, and bananas.

b) Take a whole food based Vitamin C : Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY found that taking vitamin C daily, significantly reduced blood histamine levels

c) Wear sunglasses when going outside : Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, creates a certain amount of photosensitivity. Wearing sunglasses helps reduce your sensitivity to light and thus helps your eyes from excessive watering.

d) Use your bathroom exhaust fan when taking a shower : This will help prevent to growth of mold in the shower. Cleaning your bathtub or shower liner is also important. Better yet, replace your liner every month or two, if you have mold sensitivities or asthma.

e) Drink a lot of cool water : It probably seems counterintuitive, to recommend drinking water
with all of that liquid in your sinuses, nose and eyes. But rehydrating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body. Besides, it cools you down and provides some symptom relief.

f) Check the local pollen count : If you have severe allergies, you might consider wearing a mask on days when the pollen count is unusually high. Stay away from dairy I know, it is summer and that means ice cream. But if you have hay fever, eating dairy will produce even more phlegm and make you feel worse.

g) Get rid of clutter : Allergy sufferers need to be especially careful about controlling dust in their homes. And clutter is a major source of dust and dust mites. If you can't see your floors or walls in closets and basements, you have a clutter problem. Just as clutter clogs your house and obstructs the free flow of energy in your home, clutter also clogs your nose and obstructs the free flow of life-giving air into your body.

h) Keep your dryer vent clear : Build-up of lint in the dryer vent will cause an excess of dust in your house. Have your vents cleaned regularly to avoid aggravating your allergy symptoms.

i) Use a vacuum with a HEPA Filter : HEPA filter vacuums do not recirculate back into the air the polluting particles that the vacuum has just picked up. Make sure you have a true HEPA filter and not a HEPA-like filter. You can tell by looking at the manufacturer's test results of their filter. A true HEPA filter will have test results stating that .3 microns are 99.97 percent or above.

For more additional information including an interview with Practitioner Dr. Wahl , please visit

ABC News Story:

from practitioner Dr. Ian Wahl

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