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What is Hay Fever and Seasonal Allergies

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, and seasonal allergies are allergic inflammatory conditions of the nasal passages that affect a large portion of Americans on a seasonal or year-round basis. Hay fever can worsen into sinusitis or even asthma in some individuals. The term “hay fever” originated in the early 1800s when individuals suffered allergy symptoms during the hay growing season, or “haying season.”

Symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Excessive mucous production
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Loss of sense of smell

Histamine, which is reduced from the mast cells, causes a cascade of events that are meant to flush out or rid the body of the off ending substance. That is why we traditionally use antihistamines to fight the symptoms of histamine release, which could come with a number of adverse side effects. There are several natural substances that can help us address the symptoms of hay fever.

For allergy suffers, 500 milligrams of vitamin C, two to three times daily can be beneficial because it can speed the elimination of histamine from the body. Quercetin, another natural substance, acts as a mast cell stabilizer and helps to block the release of histamine. Quercetin has also been shown to have a bronchodilator effect, helping open the airways for individuals with asthma. The enzyme bromelain is commonly taken with food to aid in digestion. But when taken on an empty stomach, it can be absorbed into the blood stream – helping to reduce inflammation and break up mucous.

A new product in the Premier Pharmacy designer vitamin line, Aller Calm Complex, is a formulation containing all of the above ingredients as well as additional ingredients that support allergy and asthma relief. Aller Calm Complex has been the subject of several studies and has been shown to be effective in most patients with allergies or asthma.

Often, the best therapy for allergies is a good foundational preventative approach. Omega 3 essential fatty acids, found in either fish oil or flaxseed oil, can be beneficial in managing allergic and asthmatic symptoms. A quality probiotic such as Probiotic UltraMax can support a healthy intestinal tract. Seventy percent of our immune function is located in our gut. So good gut health is essential for management of allergic issues regardless of the source.

Finally, a good source of B vitamins such as coenzyme B can be helpful in providing protection from airborne allergens. Our specialized pharmacy team is trained to offer you the best nutritional support and is happy to talk with you about hay fever or seasonal allergies. We recommend the highest quality pharmaceutical grade supplements in our nutraceutical line to help with your hay fever or seasonal allergies such as:

  • •Aller Calm Complex
  • Quercetin Plus (with vitamin C)
  • Marine Fish Oils
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Probiotic UltraMax
  • Vitamin C 500 mg