Spring Is Allergy Season

spring allergies

Nothing is worse than the flare up of allergies that always happens as soon as spring rolls around. Just as the weather begins to warm up it starts, making you feel like you just got hit by a truck. You almost wish it was winter again, just so you could escape the torture.

According to Global News, “About 20 to 30 per cent of Canadians suffer from some kind of seasonal allergy,” so at least you’re not alone.

A few common seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Pollen is the biggest springtime allergy trigger.

When an allergic person is exposed to pollen, their body wrongfully sees it as a threat. Their body releases chemicals called histamines to ‘deal’ with the perceived threat. These chemicals are what cause irritating allergy symptoms.

Typically, allergy patients are prescribed antihistamines and decongestants to treat their allergy symptoms, but these medications have some undesirable side effects, like:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion

For those who want to opt for a more natural alternative, there are several homeopathic remedies available that treat seasonal allergies.

Since these remedies only use very small amounts of the active substance, there are significantly fewer side effects. Also, unlike traditional allergy medications, homeopathic remedies are prescribed to target specific symptoms that vary from person to person.

Allum Cepa

Patients who do well with this allergy treatment are uncomfortable in warm rooms and their symptoms improve in open air. Their allergies are usually characterized by runny eyes and irritating nasal mucous.

Arsenicum Album

Patients whose allergies are improved by Arsenicum Album suffer from stuffiness, watery and burning nasal discharge, anxiousness, and restlessness. Their eyes, nose, and throat burn and the nose is often ticklish, which leads to sneezing. Warm things like tea can be used to help ease these symptoms.

Euphrasia Officinalis

Euphrasia Officinalis is an effective remedy for patients with burning tears, a cough that is worse in the morning, and a runny nose with non-irritating nasal discharge. These types of allergy symptoms improve in the dark and in open air.

Natrum Muriaticum

This remedy treats allergies characterized by watery or white nasal discharge, sneezing fits, headaches, and dark circles under the eyes. This patient also suffers from cracked or chapped lips and mouth.


Sabadilla type allergies usually involve an itchy nose, severe sneezing, and a runny nose made worse by pollen and cold air. Being in a warm room or drinking a warm beverage helps ease these symptoms.


Patients who take Wyethia for allergies suffer from an extremely itchy throat and sometimes ears, too. Their throat is often sore with a hoarse voice.


These types of homeopathic remedies can usually be found over the counter. However, homeopaths are specially trained and have a very individual approach, so if it is your first time considering homeopathic remedies for seasonal allergies, seeing a doctor can help make sure you find the one that is right for you.

Dr. Nielsen has been practicing family medicine for over 10 years with a special interest in women's health, mental health (anxiety and depression disorders) and hormonal disorders.


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