Many enjoy the cooler weather and fun festivities that the fall season brings but this time of year can also present many challenges for those prone to seasonal allergy symptoms. In fact, around 75% of those who are affected by springtime allergies also experience allergy related symptoms in the fall. This means that many of your patients will still be presenting with seasonal allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and congestion during this time of the year. Many of these symptoms stem from the body’s natural immune response to an offending allergen(s) as well as the inflammation that follows these responses.
Causes of Fall Seasonal Allergies
- Pollen is the thought to be the primary cause of all seasonal allergies but its source varies depending on the season. In the summer, grasses and weeds such as tumbleweed are the primary sources of pollen, while trees are the primary source in the springtime. Ragweed is the primary source of pollen in the fall. Ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles with the wind, making it possible for those to experience allergy symptoms even when ragweed does not grow in their local geographic location.
- Mold is another common cause of allergies during the fall season. Wet, moist conditions tend to predominate in the fall which creates an ideal environment for mold to grow and thrive. Damp areas in the house such as the basement and bathroom are not the only places where mold can grow. Wet piles of leaves outside can also harbor mold spores which can trigger allergy symptoms.
- Dust mites are also a concern for fall allergy symptoms. As the temperature begins to drop in the late fall season, many individuals begin using their heating units for the first time and this can stir up dust mites in the house.
The Allergy-Gut Connection
Maintaining a healthy intestinal environment is extremely important in helping reduce the risk of developing seasonal allergies. It is estimated that around 80% of the immune system is located inside the intestines. Probiotic bacteria in the intestines are responsible for “training” immune cells to react appropriately to environmental compounds that enter the digestive tract and blood. If these bacteria are not present in sufficient amounts, immune cells may act inappropriately to these environmental compounds that would normally not trigger an immune response. For this reason, those with intestinal dysbiosis or increased intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut) are at increased risk for developing allergies.
Natural Solutions for Allergy Symptoms
Many individuals are looking for alternative remedies for allergy symptoms in order to avoid the unwanted side effects that come along with using many of the conventional solutions. Conventional solutions for allergy symptoms include steroid nasal sprays, over the counter (OTC) antihistamines such as Benadryl, decongestants and immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or drops. Side effects of these options include drowsiness, loss of libido, lethargy and undesirable immune responses such as colds/infections. The good news is that there are many natural solutions for your patients that can help them obtain relief from their allergy related symptoms.
- Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that works by inhibiting immune cells from releasing histamine, a compound responsible for a majority of allergy related symptoms.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a powerful amino acid derived compound that breaks up mucus (mucolytic) by dissolving the disulfide bonds that create mucus density. This allows for easier draining of mucus from the sinus cavities which can help relieve congestion.
- Eucalyptus Leaf is an herbal ingredient that also provides strong mucolytic support as well as helps decrease microbial organisms that can fester in the nasal cavities in those suffering from allergies. Other herbal ingredients such as
- Thyme, Andrographis and Eleuthero Root can also help support those suffering from allergy symptoms through various mechanisms including enhancing immune function to help eliminate pathogens that are contributing to allergy related symptoms and balancing the body’s hormones which is needed after a period of stress.Natural
- Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory compound, can also provide allergy relief by helping reduce inflammation. As a bonus, this enzymatic compound also possesses mucolytic properties and will therefore assist in relieving nasal congestion as well.
Aceva’s Allergy Support
Aceva’s Aller-Aid and Sine-Aid products contain the natural ingredients discussed above that can help provide your patients seasonal allergy symptom relief.
Aller-Aid: Histamine Regulation
Aller-Aid is a comprehensive formulation designed to decrease the histamine response during acute allergy symptoms
SineAid: Mucolytic Support & Immune Enhancement
Sine-Aid can be used both proactively to help reduce the chances of developing allergy related symptoms as well as to help provide relief from acute allergy symptoms by working as a potent mucolytic and anti inflammatory.
*Aller-Aid and Sine-Aid can be used simultaneously when one is having acute allergy symptoms because their mechanism of action is complementary and synergistic.
Ultrabiotic: Intestinal Dysbiosis, Immune & Digestive Support
Ultrabiotic can also be used to help improve intestinal dysbiosis that is likely contributing to your patient’s allergy symptoms. It does so by helping restore the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract which are important for healthy immune function and digestion
Please refer to the product sheets for these products in your Aceva reseller resources in your account and read this letter highlighting the recent enhancements to the Sine-Aid formulation.
Other Ways to Reduce the Risk of Developing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
In addition to the natural allergy support formulas mentioned above, having your patients take the following precautions in and around their homes may also help reduce their chances of developing seasonal allergy-related symptoms:
- Wear a mask and gloves when working outside in the lawn to help avoid bodily pollen exposure
- After working outside, take a shower and/or change clothes
- Minimize having doors and windows open in the home
- Clean vents and change filters before using the heat for the first time
- Use fans and try and keep the humidity below 60% in the home
- Clean up standing water immediately in the basement, bathroom and other areas of the home to help prevent mold growth
- Get rid of any visible mold by scrubbing it with either detergent or hydrogen peroxide and water. Alternatively, call a mold professional to eradicate severe mold-related issues