After enduring the cold and gloom of winter, everyone looks forward to Spring’s milder weather and brilliant colors. Yet, for seasonal allergy sufferers, the advent of Spring can be a mixed blessing. As the snow melts and plants begin to bud and bloom, numerous allergens are released into the air, infiltrating your sinuses and causing your eyes to itch and sting.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
- itchy watery eyes
- runny nose
Allergy medicines may help subdue symptoms, but their side effects can make you feel sleepy, dry-mouthed and irritable. Short of staying indoors, there is little you can do to avoid allergens. However, there are some measures you can take to reduce your body’s negative reactions to pollen, mold and other allergens, without taking drugs.
How Allergic Symptoms are Triggered
Allergy symptoms are your immune system’s response to foreign substances that infiltrate your body. In the case of seasonal allergies, they are most often triggered by tiny pollen particles that enter your body through your mouth, eyes and nose.
Your immune system recognizes these tiny foreign invaders as a threat to your health, and pulls out all the stops to eliminate them from your body.
Histamine is a protein molecule formed in mast cells which serves as a part of your body’s immune response. When you come into contact with an allergen, histamine is released by the body to the site of contact, invoking inflammation.
Inflammation is your immune system’s response to foreign substances that pose a threat. When exposed to pollen particles, you may experience inflammation in your skin, eyes, sinuses, airways and digestive system. Hay fever is the common name given to seasonal allergies, which is clinically called allergic rhinitis.
Avoiding known triggers is one way to minimize an allergic response. In the case of pollen, staying indoors with closed windows and doors can help reduce your exposure when pollen counts are high. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help as well, as pollen tends to settle on floors and furniture. However, after being cooped up all winter, most of us are eager to get outdoors to enjoy spring’s warm sunshine and bright regrowth.
Cryotherapy’s Effect on Allergic Reactions
Suppressing histamine production can help ease the discomfort of an allergic reaction, which is why most allergy medicines contain an antihistamine drug. However, antihistamines tend to make you sleepy, so daytime allergy medicines also contain drugs to counter the sleepiness effect of antihistamines. What you end up with is an uncomfortable edginess that is not natural, and that can interfere with physical and mental performance.
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) offers a safe natural alternative to allergy medicines. WBC naturally blocks histamine production and degrades it in your system, eliminating symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion. At the same time, WBC triggers the release of epinephrine, a natural steroid that reduces systemic inflammation and pain. WBC also improves immune function, reducing hypersensitivity to substances like pollen that pose no significant health threat.
Seasonal Allergy Relief in NYC
To arm yourself against the symptoms of seasonal allergies, visit InVita Cryo NYC in the heart of SoHo. We offer whole body and localized cryogtherapy, along with a growing menu of other treatments and therapies to promote health and beauty, and counter the effects of aging. Contact InVita Cryo NYC today, and let WBC counteract the negative effects of Spring, so you can enjoy its beauty.