No one enjoys allergies. In fact, many people struggle with them throughtout the year and especially in the spring time. Both seasonal and food allergies can be a direct cause of other health issues. It’s important to understand all of your treatment options when it comes to controlling your Texas allergies.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, there is a good chance you’re suffering from a case of seasonal allergies. Common symptoms include sneezing, itchy/watering eyes, runny nose, asthma, ear infections, sinus headaches, muscle or joint pain, and even fatigue. The Texas allergy season runs long and affects each person differently. Some are lucky to escape without any fuss, but many of us deal with the challenges of these symptoms for weeks or even months out of the year.
Here at Freedom Health Centers, we understand the struggle of dealing with Texas allergies. We want to help you find relief and can do so with our state of the art testing and treatment methods.
The most common Texas allergens are mulberry, dust mites, mold spores, grass, ash, elm, oak, and mountain cedar.
From Mid-February to Mid-April is Mulberry’s prime. Mulberry trees do not produce fruit but produce heavy amounts of pollen resulting in a miserable season of sniffles, sneezing, and headaches for many people. Some cities have decided to ban planting new Mulberry trees within city limits to help alleviate some of the misery.
An all year long allergy culprit is mold spores. Similar to pollen, mold spores stay in the air and levels increase as temperatures rise in the spring. Common symptoms of mold allergies are dry, scaling skin in addition to congestion and itching. For asthma sufferers, mold can be particularly stressful and trigger asthma attack. Indoor breeds of mold thrive in basements and bathrooms due to the dampness because they need a water source to survive.
Another all year-round problem in Texas and throughout the U.S. is dust mites. They can be found anywhere and everywhere, including your bed, your pets, behind curtains, in the carpet, etc. Dust mites are a common asthma trigger and thrive in warm, humid locations. Beds, furniture, and carpet are their favorite places to hide.
Ragweed is a major issue for most Americans. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 3 out of 4 people who suffer from seasonal allergies are allergic to ragweed. The season for ragweed is around June throughout November. Sufferers of hay fever tend to find ragweed triggers most of their reactions. Ragweed sprouts almost anywhere, from roads sides to fields, all through rural Texas. Its symptoms are common to other allergies and include sneezing and itchy eyes.
Grass pollen allergies are particularly challenging, even extremely microscopic amounts can cause a reaction and it can release and be carried lengthy distances. The Texas grass pollen season begins early spring, such as March, and continues throughout almost the entire year. It can cause reactions such as itchy skin and eyes.
Do you enjoy a pecan pie? Surprisingly, pecan pollen is the second highest source of allergies. The season for pecan pollen release is from March to around June.
Ash trees are great source of irritation for Texas allergy sufferers. Although they have useful benefits such as growing to be 90 feet tall and have properties that make them resist insects and disease, they also produce strong allergic reactions such as itchy throat and wheezing/ difficulty breathing.
February through March is Elm tree season throughout central Texas. Those who have frustrating winter allergy symptoms may find that Elm is to blame. It produces symptoms similar to asthma such as difficulty breathing, itchy eyes and throat, sinus headaches and more.
Late winter and spring the Oak trees paint our homes, pets, vehicles, and everything else in a thick coat of yellow. Oak causes very serious reactions including sneezing, runny/stuffy nose, itchy nose/throat, dark circles under the eyes, coughing, postnasal drip, and swollen, watery/ itchy eyes.
One of the most potent allergens in Texas is the Mountain cedar, also known as the Ashe juniper. The Mountain Cedar’s pollen causes a reaction known as “Cedar Fever” throughout the mid-winter in Central Texas. It releases its pollen during December and throughout some of January and the particles can be carried extreme distances. Symptoms include sneezing and sore throats.
So now that you know the common causes and seasons of the major allergens in the Texas area, you are probably wondering what you can do to alleviate the miserable symptoms. Did you know chiropractic care can help with your seasonal allergies?
One of the many benefits of a chiropractic adjustment is allergy symptom relief. The benefits of adjustments are well-documented and many patients report a reduced symptoms when treated with regular vertebral subluxtions. Dysfunctional movements or alignment of the vertebra can cause irritation in the spine which can then send a false signal to the central nervous system. If this signal is sent along the same pathway as normal environmental messages, the body might not always interpret the data correctly which leads to an over-reactive nervous system response. This response manifests as an allergic reaction, resulting in many of the common symptoms of seasonal allergies.
There are many reasons for a patient’s hypersensitivity to particular allergens. Vertebral subluxation is only one of the possible causes which has caused some inconsistency seen in research. Scientific research cannot guarantee an improvement in all allergy cases; however, it has been shown to be beneficial in many cases. Chiropractic care can be a major ally to combating the irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies.
With allergy season at full throttle, everyone seems to be stocking their cabinets with antihistamines and anything that promises to help them endure the onslaught of symptoms: sneezing, itching, watery eyes and stuffy noses. Between sick days, doctor visits and medications, allergies cost Americans over $3 billion per year and more than $8 billion including people worldwide.
Chiropractic care is merely a fraction of these costs and can improve your overall general health, relieve you of common aches and pains, and reduce or even eliminate your allergy symptoms.