Local allergist talks about symptoms, prevention

Published: Sep. 21, 2012 at 2:38 AM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 2:02 AM CST
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Microscopic image of pollen from public domain via Wikipedia
Microscopic image of pollen from public domain via Wikipedia

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cooler temperatures come as a relief to many, except for those who suffer from severe allergies.

Allergist Patrick Hanford, M.D. said those with diseases and preexisting conditions have to be especially mindful when it comes to the treatment of allergies, as symptoms can worsen particular medical conditions.

"The difference between someone normal and someone with diseases is they react very quickly to something they eat or inhale," said Hanford.

Even those who are perfectly healthy are advised to take a preventative approach.

Although some medicines can help offer relief, others contain harmful side effects.

"A lot of times if you have diabetes, if you have high blood pressure, if you have kidney disease, you don't want to take any of the antihistamine or the decongestant those will cause more problems with your diabetes and can make your blood sugar even higher," said Hanford.

Instead, a healthier alternative might be just down the street.

"The honey that is the best treatment for allergies is that honey that comes from your local area," said Apple Country Orchard Owner, Cal Brints.

Local raw honey is a natural remedy used to treat allergies without adverse side effects. Raw honey is said to be more beneficial compared to other types.

"Just the fact that it hasn't been heated or filtered, you still have the local pollen that's still in the honey," said Brints.

If you purchase raw honey in the area you live, the pollens exposed in the air will also be in the honey which enables your body to build up a tolerance to prevent future reactions.

While some medications offer temporary relief, local raw honey remains to be a safe bet as a natural ailment for allergies without the side effects.

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