Pollen is in the air and many of us are preparing for the onslaught of itchy eyes, sneezing and runny noses that come with seasonal allergies. According to the Center for Disease Control, seasonal allergies, also known as hayfever or allergic rhinitis, was diagnosed in 17.6 million people in the United States last year. Seasonal allergies are a short-term inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nasal passages which is caused by airborne pollens from trees, grasses, flowers, and weeds. Allergy season in the U.S. can start as early as February in southern states and May in the midwest.
Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, affects up to 30% of all Americans, including up to 40% of children and 10%-30% of adults If you suffer from common outdoor allergens such as tree, grass and weed pollen and mold spores, you know how debilitating it can be! There's good news, because consensus has grown that changes in the diet over the last decade play a significant role in the development of hay fever and asthma.