Honey as a Natural Remedy for Seasonal Allergy

Allergies can make one's life miserable. Many people are suffering from seasonal allergies. However, little did they know that there are simple and natural remedies available that can offer relief. For an in depth look at these home remedies, check out the list from Healthline by visiting, https://bit.ly/2vqbMue.

Based on recent studies, there is an estimated 25% of the population that is suffering from allergies and this problem is still growing. The most common allergen triggers are pollen from grass, trees, animal dander, certain foods, air pollution, the fecal particles of dust mites, beauty product ingredients, and even insect bites.


What is an allergy?

Allergies are a common overreaction of the immune system to a usually harmful substance. Every time anything enters our body, may it be from food, water, or air the body reacts. When it meets the allergen, the reaction is not immediate. The immune system will make up a sensitivity to the substance before overreacting. This is because the immune system needs time to remember the allergen. When it has become sensitive to the substance, the immune system will start attacking the allergen with antibodies. This is called sensitization. 

It usually takes a number of days or years for the sensitization process to complete. In many cases, it is not completed, the person may experience symptoms, but not allergies. 

If the exposure to the allergens exceeds the body's first immune system, the body will respond by sending a stronger immune response that usually combats parasites and physical invaders. The result will manifest in different symptoms depending on the genetic makeup of the person and the location of the attack. 

Some of the symptoms may include fatigue, hay fever, nasal drip, digestive issues, nausea, eczema, asthma and even anaphylaxis. 

What are seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies are the enemy of many people who love the outdoors. They usually start around February and can last until August or September. Seasonal allergies occur when plants are starting to produce pollen. Pollen is a powder-like substance that helps the plants pollinate. 

When people inhale pollen, it can lead to seasonal allergies. This is because the body perceives pollen as a foreign invader much like the viruses and bacteria. In response, the body will mount an attack. This 'war' will result in common symptoms like sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, sore throat, coughing, headaches and trouble breathing. 

Why is honey used to get relief from allergies?

The idea of using honey to treat allergies is similar to a person getting an allergy shot. It is proven that allergy shots are effective, while for honey, the results are still inconclusive. When a person eats honey, they are thinking that they are ingesting the local pollen trapped in the honey comb and over time; this person will become less sensitive to the pollen. Thus resulting in fewer seasonal allergy symptoms. Looking back at the analogy between honey and allergy shots, while it is true that bees pollinate flowers and make honey, the amount of pollen is very small and varied. When a person eats local honey, they don't get as much pollen as they are exposed to. Simply put, that is not enough to desensitize a person.

Doctors have not recommended a certain amount of honey to consume each day to combat seasonal allergies symptoms. In addition, there is no exact quantity on the amount of pollen in each serving of honey.

To sum it up, honey has not been scientifically proven to reduce allergies. If you have seasonal allergies, it is better to consult with your physician.  

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