exp. Dr. Burcu Uzun Sarıgöl said: “In people with allergies, especially in the spring months, due to the leafing and flowering of trees, the spreading of pollen causes many problems. It is confused with upper respiratory infections. Spring allergy is called caused by pollen, that is, when the nasal mucosa of sensitive individuals comes into contact with pollen, some mixed mechanisms begin to act in their body and symptoms appear,” he said.
By stating that the immune system is responsible for the allergy, the pollen is perceived as dangerous by the immune system and activates the defense system called antibodies. Dr. Burcu Uzun Sarıgöl said: “With the onset of allergic reactions, histamine is released in the body. As a result, complaints such as runny nose, itching, sneezing, redness of the eyes, ringing in the ears and coughing occur.
consume enough water
Noting that water consumption is especially important, Uzm. Dr. Burcu Uzun Sarıgöl said: “Adequate water consumption is important for the functioning of the body, the elimination of toxins and the balancing of the immune system. Based on your body weight, an average of 40 ml per kilogram. Be careful with drinking water. Beverages such as tea and coffee do not replace fluid intake. On the contrary, it causes more excretion of fluid in the body, which has a negative effect on the body.
Eat gut-friendly foods
Saying that for the immune system to work properly, attention must also be paid to the intestines. Dr. Burcu Uzun Sarıgöl said: “We have stated that the immune system is responsible for allergies, or that our gut is responsible for 80 percent of the immune system. Stay away from ready-made, industrial diets with additives, which lead to damage to the gut microbiota. Consume plenty of fiber and probiotic foods that strengthen the intestinal system. For example; Gut-friendly foods such as artichokes, kefir, pickles, yogurt, carrots, zucchini, walnuts and almonds strengthen the fight against allergic reactions. Onions and garlic help reduce excess mucus, while vitamin C reduces allergy symptoms.
Get enough and a good night’s sleep
Burcu Uzun Sarıgül drew attention to sleep hours and said: “Quality and adequate sleep strengthen the immune system and help with immune system problems such as allergies. The hormone melatonin, the strongest antioxidant that removes toxins from the body and prepares the person for the next day, is secreted between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., especially at night. Therefore, make sure you sleep during these hours.
Get away from toxins
Sarıgül stated that toxins should be avoided in this process and said, “Staying away from toxins such as cigarettes, alcohol, perfume, spray, exhaust fumes contributes to the immune system by reducing the accumulation of toxins in the body and the burden on the liver. Reduce. . Toxins such as foods with additives, hair dyes, shampoos and make-up materials also create stress in the body, negatively affect the immune system and cause allergies. Unnecessary antibiotics weaken the immune system by destroying gut-friendly bacteria. That increases the risk of allergies,” he says.
Do not dry clothes in your room or outside.
Continuing his warnings and advice by saying, “Do not dry laundry in the room you are in or outside, as this will cause allergies,” said Sarıgül, “Otherwise drying clothes in the room you are in will cause that you are exposed to the smell of detergent and trigger allergies. Also, drying clothes outside, especially in the spring, causes pollen to stick to the laundry and thus increase your allergy symptoms. If there is no dryer, hang it in another room and then ventilate the room.”
Wear a pollen mask
Sarıgül stated that masks can also be protective against pollen, saying, “Do not go outside during these hours unless necessary, as pollen spreads between 05:00 and 10:00 in the morning. Do not ventilate the house when there is a lot of pollen. When you go outside, you can wear a pollen mask to cover your mouth and nose, and protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Avoid excess items in the room, exercise regularly
Finally, Sarigul, who gave her advice on furniture and exercise, said: “Don’t keep too many things, especially in the room you sleep in. Dust-proof items such as stuffed animals, carpets and blankets also trigger allergies, leading to an increase in allergic disease. . Wash your bedding weekly at 60 degrees. If there is a cat or dog in the house, make sure they do not come into the room where you sleep. Vacuum your house regularly and dust with a damp cloth. Use a highly efficient particulate trap, i.e. an air conditioner with a hepa filter, and clean the house with a vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter. Change your clothes as soon as you get home and wash your hands often during the day. Regular exercise is extremely important in all respects for a healthy life, it strengthens the immune system and supports the fight against allergies.”