Home remedies for fall allergy season

(KYTX) - Spring isn't the only bad season for allergies. For some people, the fall season is just as bad.

"Fall is always is always a fun time of year for those of us that suffer from allergies,” said Drug Emporium pharmacist David Davis. “So I think this year probably won't be much different.”

Davis says the two major culprits for this fall allergy season are mold and ragweed.

"Even though it's not an illness, it can make you feel pretty bad,” said allergy specialist Dr. Paul Sharkey.

Doctors like Sharkey say your best bet for battling allergies are over the counter drugs like antihistamines or nasal sprays. But he says there are some things in your pantry that could help you fight for relief.

Dr. Sharkey says pineapples are high in bromelain, which has a natural antihistamine effect.

Foods like cinnamon, ginger, strawberries, blueberries and tomatoes can have anti-flamatory effects.

For supplement users, vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids are your best choices.

"We don't have really good well designed studies to say that eating this food really does this benefit,” said Dr. Sharkey. “But we know that those products are in the food and that they can be helpful."

Sharkey says even though local honey is a popular home remedy, he thinks it's questionable.

"The problem is when you get into a branded medicine, you know exactly what you're getting,” explained Dr. Sharkey. “When you get bee pollen produced locally, each batch will have different pollen in it. You could get different amounts in it. Depending what someone's allergic to, that could be good or bad. "

One thing doctors say is certain - everyone should be prepared for a roller coaster of an allergy season.


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