Allergy Symptoms

  • Is it a Cold or Allergies?

    SnifflesYou have a runny nose, cough and congestion…but is it a cold or allergies? It's a common question during summer, when pollen counts are high but colds are still going around. Allergies and colds share many of the same symptoms, but causes—and treatments—are different for the two.


    Allergies happen when the immune system reacts to a substance it believes is harmful, called an allergen. During the immune reaction, histamine is released from immune cells, causing the typical symptoms of allergies: congestion, red and itchy eyes, nose and throat, coughing and sneezing.

    In severe cases, hives and rashes can develop. Allergens are specific to the individual and can be anything, including pollens, dust, food, grasses, mold and other environmental substances. Allergies are not contagious and symptoms can continue as long as a person is exposed to the allergen.

    Common colds

    Common colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. Your immune system recognizes a virus and mounts an attack by producing different proteins and antibodies. The attack can result in common cold symptoms: sneezing, coughing and congestion. Colds are contagious and are spread from person to person through respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing), and bodily contact such as shaking hands. Colds generally last less than 10 days.

    Sinus Infections

    Sinus infections develop when mucus builds up in the sinus cavities, creating a welcome environment for bacteria to collect and cause infection. The reason for the mucus build-up is because the nasal lining is unhealthy and inflamed, most often due to allergies, a cold or, less frequently, an underlying dental infection. Sinus infections can be acute or chronic, but allergies are the main cause for chronic sinus infections. Sinus infection symptoms include pressure around and behind the eyes and cheeks, runny/stuffy nose lasting more than a week, headache, fever, cough and thick green/yellow mucus.

    Is it an allergy or a cold?

    The most notable difference between a cold and allergies is the duration; a cold usually doesn’t last longer than 10 days. If your symptoms persist beyond two weeks, contact your doctor to determine if it could be allergies or something different such as a sinus infection.

    Allergies tend to have itchiness in the eyes, nose and throat where colds do not. Seasonally speaking, allergies (hay fever) predominate in the spring and summer, and colds predominate in the winter and fall.

    Here are a few other rules of thumb when it comes to determining the difference:

    Characteristic Common Cold Allergy Sinus Infection
    Pathogen Virus Allergen Bacteria
    Duration 3-14 days Indefinitely Acute or chronic
    Time of Year Most frequent in fall and winter, but possible anytime Any time, but seasonal allergies predominate in spring and summer Any time
    Symptom Onset 12-36 hours following exposure to germs Can begin immediately following exposure to allergen Usually a history of cold, allergies or dental infection prior to symptom onset
    Symptom Common Cold Allergy Sinus Infection
    Cough Often Sometimes Occasionally
    Aches Occasionally Never Occasionally
    Fatigue Occasionally Sometimes Occasionally
    Fever Rarely Never Sometimes
    Itchy, watery eyes Rarely Often Rarely
    Sore throat Often Occasionally Occasionally
    Runny or stuffy Nose Often; usually yellow mucus Often; usually clear Often; yellow or green mucus

    So I know what I’ve got. Now what? 

    Relief from the common cold

    The key to preventing and treating colds (and sinus infections) is boosting the immune system and avoiding germs. Remember to wash your hands often, drink plenty of liquids, avoid sugar (it impairs the immune system) and get plenty of rest. You can also try the following products:

    Vitamin C is antiviral and reduces the severity of symptoms and duration of a cold. Try MegaFood’s Daily C-Protect or American Health’s Ester-C.

    Zinc lozenges serve a dual purpose: they relieve sore throats and are a critical nutrient for optimal immune functioning. Try Nature’s Way’s Sambucus Organic Zinc Lozenges or Source Naturals’ Wellness Zinc Lozenges.

    Umcka, (aka South African Geranium or Umckaloaba) is very healing for a cough and shortens the duration and severity of a cold. Try Nature’s Way’s UmcKa ColdCare Original.

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    Relief from sinus infections

    Anything that causes swelling of the sinuses can result in obstruction of drainage and a subsequent sinus infection. Keep the nasal passages healthy and drained to avoid infections—daily nasal irrigation with a neti pot can help to keep the passages clear—and don’t forget to support the immune system by using the products suggested for a common cold. For sinus support specifically, try these products:

    Pharmaca brand Sinus Relief Soother, a traditional Chinese formula for immediate sinus support and relief

    XClear’s Sinus Nasal Spray with Xylitol helps to wash, hydrate and moisturize the nasal passages.

    Mucolytics help to break down mucus. You can find them in Jarrow Formulas’ N-Acetyl-l-cysteine (N.A.C.), Enzymedica’s SerraGold or Jarrow Formulas’ Bromelain.

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    Relief from allergies

    Reducing exposure to allergens and stabilizing histamine reactions is key to preventing allergies. Some common allergens are pet dander, trees, pollen and grasses, dust mites, cockroaches and molds such as mildew and fungi.

    Try the following products to tame allergy symptoms:

    Plantiva’s AllerDx can help to quickly calm histamine reactions and improve nasal airflow.

    Ortho Molecular’s D-Hist provides nasal and sinus support by breaking down mucus and stabilizing cells that release histamine.

    Learn more about Dr. Tieraona Low Dog's recommendations for natural allergy relief >

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  • The 411 on Allergies

    Yup, it’s the beginning of allergy season. If you’re already dealing with itchy eyes and a runny nose, you may wonder why exactly you fall victim to the ravages of ragweed each year.

    Here’s how allergies work. Pollen, let’s say from a juniper bush, is for some reason seen as an invader in your body. When it’s inhaled, the body tries to fight off the invader by producing antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The IgE then sends a signal to “mast” cells to raise arms against the invading allergen by releasing chemicals like histamine into the bloodstream. The result is inflammatory reactions throughout the body, triggering the stuffy nose, the sneezing, the hives, etc.

    But if juniper pollen isn’t actually harmful, why does your body see it as such? And why doesn’t everyone have the same reaction to it? Scientists are still unsure how allergies develop, but some have posited what is called the “hygiene hypothesis.” Because children in the US and other developed countries have limited exposure to germs early in life, their immune systems don’t properly understand what is truly a dangerous germ and what is just an unknown invader. The result is to attack anything that might be dangerous, resulting in allergy symptoms. Though it’s just a hypothesis, studies have shown that allergy rates are indeed higher in developed countries, and the rate of allergies increases as they develop.

    In addition, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a warming climate may continue to make allergy seasons worse and worse. The reason is that earlier warming—and earlier onset of spring—helps common allergens flourish. From a recent press release from ACAAI:

    Weather conditions have a significant effect on the levels of pollen and mold in the air, which in turn affects the severity of allergy symptoms. Typically, the common allergens that cause allergic rhinitis ("hay fever") flourish when the weather is warm.

    "When winter weather turns unexpectedly warm, pollens and molds are released into the air earlier than usual, and then die down when it gets cold again," said Stanley Fineman, MD, of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "This pattern of weather can ‘prime' a person's allergic reaction, so when the allergen reappears as the weather gets warm again, the allergy symptoms are worse than ever.

    Whether or not we know exactly how exactly allergies work, allergy symptoms can make life difficult. Here are some of our favorite ways to combat them.

    Neti pot. This centuries-old Ayurvedic tradition utilizes a saltwater mixture that is poured through the nostril. Used daily, it helps sweep allergens, bacteria and viruses from the nasal passages, thereby reducing the chances of infection or allergic reaction. It also helps reduce inflammation in the mucosal lining of the nose, making it stronger and more resistant to infection.

    Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage, which can suppress the immune system. The more your immunity is compromised, the more likely it will be to react badly to normal environmental allergens. Try a daily dose of Pharmaca’s Antioxidant Booster, and get lots of purple and dark red fruits in your diet—since berries, cherries, and red grapes contain powerful antioxidants that have naturally anti-inflammatory properties.

    Antihistamines. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, recommends non-sedating histamines like Zyrtec or Claritin, especially when you know you’ll be outside on a high-pollen day (take a few hours beforehand). On the other hand, herbal extracts like nettles and butterbur, and the antioxidant quercetin have natural antihistamine effects that can reduce the allergy response.

    Chinese herbs. Plantiva’s AllerDx, one of Pharmaca’s best-selling allergy relief products, offers a unique blend of Chinese herbs that go to work on the entire immune system while quickly calming allergic reactions. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive customer feedback about its quick-acting effects for sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes,” says Marisa Buchsbaum, herbalist at our south Boulder store. “It’s made up of Chinese herbs that support the liver and mucous membranes and help clear the lungs and sinuses. And the clinical studies and trials behind the products are really supportive of its claims.”

    Probiotics. Because allergies are an overactive immune response, simply helping to support the immune system can be really helpful, says China Rose Reid, herbalist at our Napa store. And since so much of the immune system is centered in the gut, probiotics help keep everything in balance. China Rose recommends MegaFood MegaFlora, especially if you’re having digestive symptoms along with your allergies. The Pharmaca brand Super Probiotic Blend can also provide a good maintenance dosage.

  • Neti for Cold and Flu

    Going back to school and heading into cold and flu season means our bodies can use all the immunity-boosting help they can get. Don’t overlook the power of the neti pot for daily support of your nasal passages, one of the body’s first lines of defense.

    The neti pot is a centuries-old Ayurvedic tradition that utilizes a salt and water mixture that is poured through the nostril.  "Neti is one of six cleansing measures that are very old yogic practices," says Sunny Rose, an Ayurvedic practitioner formerly at our Albuquerque store, who adds that jala neti means 'water cleansing.' "Yogis would do it as part of their daily measures to strengthen body and mind, and that's basically how we use it too."

    Indeed, daily cleansing helps sweep allergens, bacteria and viruses from the nasal passages, thereby reducing the chances of infection or allergic reaction. “The saltwater will also help decrease inflammation in the nasal passages,” says Ashleigh Putnam, naturopathic doctor at our Monterey store. “When your mucosal membrane isn’t inflamed, it’s stronger and healthier.” Ashleigh adds that the less inflamed it is, the more likely it is to prevent fungal, bacterial or viral infections that can lead to cold and flu.

    But nasal rinsing can also be helpful when a cold or congestion does hit. According to a 2007 study in the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, nasal washing can be more effective than nasal sprays at clearing chronic congestion. Saline solution helps flush out excess mucous as well as pollen and other irritants. That's why experts recommend a daily wash—whether in the middle of pollen-producing spring or cold and flu season—as follows:

    1) Fill a clean neti pot or squeeze bottle with 1 cup of warm distilled or filtered water* mixed with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pure sea salt works best, or pick up pre-mixed solutions from Pharmaca. Just make sure the salt is free of iodine and other additives, which can harm the nasal passages.
    2) Tilt your head to one side, and place the spout in one nostril. Make clean up easy by leaning over the sink or standing in the shower.
    3) Slowly pour the saline solution through one nostril, allowing it to flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril.
    4) Repeat on the other side.

    Try out the power of neti with Pharmaca's offerings, including products from Himalayan Institute, Baraka Red Hot Ceramics or Neilmed Sinus Rinse Kits. And make sure you clean your neti pot regularly to reduce the risk of introducing bacteria to the sensitive nasal passages (try hot water and a plant-based soap, such as Pharmaca's Defense Formula Hand Soap, filled with essential oils that naturally fight bacteria).

    *The FDA recommends filtered water because of certain bacteria that can be present in tap water.

    If you want to learn more about proper neti pot use, come in and talk to a Pharmaca practitioner today.

  • More Ideas for Natural Allergy Relief

    If you're suffering from allergies, here's some natural advice to take to heart. Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, offers her suggestions for lessening your body's histamine response and easing your allergy symptoms (including nettles!).

    This video is part of a series of educational videos we'll be posting from members of our Integrative Health Advisory Board.

  • Allergy Relief to the Rescue

    With the warming weather, many people are already experiencing some serious allergy symptoms. And it seems like everyone’s got their own favorite remedy for quelling sniffles and sneezes. We asked a few customers and practitioners about what works for them--and why.

    AllerDx by Plantiva is my favorite--I’ve gotten a lot of positive customer feedback about its quick-acting effects for sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It’s made up of Chinese herbs that aren’t seen in other formulas, which support the liver and mucous membranes and help clear the lungs and sinuses. And the clinical studies and trials behind the products are really supportive of its claims.”
    --Marisa Buchsbaum, certified clinical herbalist and nutritionist, Boulder, Colo.

    “Neti pot and AllerDX from Plantiva. An excellent, holistic combo.”
    --Kathy, Facebook fan

    Allergy ReLeaf, by Herbs, Etc. Wish more people with allergies knew about it and would take it, because it WORKS. I used to take Allegra, prescribed by my doctor--but haven't in a couple of years because of Allergy ReLeaf. I always take BOTH the softgel and the tablet together. For me, it starts to work pretty quickly. I really can take it just as I need it. A huge plus: no dried out, dehydrated feeling—inside and out! And no lethargy—you can take it day and/or evening.”
    --Robin, Facebook fan

    “I'm also a big fan of Allergy ReLeaf. I take both pills all day long for acute times. I also like Vital Nutrients' Aller-C and Eclectic Institute's Nettles as everyday prophylactics.”
    --Julie, Facebook fan

    “I always tell people, your first medicine should be your diet, since supplements will work a lot better if you’re not intaking foods that create more mucus, like sugar, milk and wheat. One remedy I like is Bi Yan Pian (Pharmaca carries one from Plum Flower). It’s a very traditional Chinese patent formula that’s been around for 3,000 years, and is used for thinning and moving the mucus. You can take it for acute symptoms, but it can also help heal chronic sinusitis. The recommended dosage is 3-4 pills, 3 times a day until symptoms are gone.”
    --Rebecca Phillips, DC, Albuquerque, NM

    Quercetin really helps! I take one in the morning and one at night. I'm allergic to our dogs (and pollen), but since I started quercetin, I'm off Claritin and Advair!”
    --Kim, Facebook fan

    Nettle Quercetin by Eclectic Institute, lemon in warm water first thing in the morning, vitamin c, neti pot...Oh, and Similisan Allergy Eye Relief! A must!”
    --Karin, Facebook fan

    Super Quercetin from Bluebonnet. Works as well as Benadryl, but no drowsiness or dry mouth.”
    --Mari, Facebook fan

    “I always ask people if they think they might have any food sensitivities, because that can aggravate or initiate seasonal allergies. Maybe you’re not fully allergic to dairy, but if you have a slight sensitivity, on a daily basis you’ll be more susceptible to allergens you wouldn’t normally be sensitive to.

    “Allergies are an overactive immune response, so helping to support the immune system can be really helpful. That’s where probiotics come in. I like the MegaFood MegaFlora, especially if you’re having digestive symptoms along with your allergies. The Pharmaca brand Super Probiotic Blend is also a good maintenance dosage. And, of course, trying an elimination diet is always a good way to see if your symptoms are connected to something you’re eating (e.g. common allergens like wheat, gluten, soy, eggs or corn).”
    --China Rose Reid, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist, Napa, Calif.

    Sabadil by Boiron. It really works!”
    --Susie, Facebook fan

    “Neti pot, neti pot, neti pot and a few doses of Sabadil by Boiron. And then I go play outside!”
    --Kim, Facebook fan

    “I find that the Allergena homeopathic drops, which are region specific (in Oregon’s case we use Zone 8) work really well. It’s a dilution of the different grasses and pollens we have here, and it’s something you can drop in a water bottle to sip on throughout the day or take sublingually several times a day. And I would recommend starting to take them even before the pollen is high--a good month and a half before your symptoms normally start to flare up. People find really good relief from it!”
    --Karen Carleton, Naturopathic Doctor, Portland, Ore.

  • Expert Advice: Allergy Relief

    Dr. Low Dog is an internationally recognized expert in the field of herbal medicine and integrative approaches to women's health. She is currently the Fellowship Director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Find out more at

    Allergies--they can be debilitating for the approximately 50 million Americans that suffer from them. If you’re looking for relief from your symptoms, whether they’re caused by cat dander or tree pollen, take some advice from Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and member of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board.

    Avoid or remove the allergens. “There’s a way to monitor pollen levels,” says Dr. Low Dog, who recommends keeping track of your known allergens via the local news or on websites such as When the pollen counts are high, “keep the doors and windows closed, and limit outdoor activity.” Dr. Low Dog says you might feel weird wearing a mask to do yardwork, but it’s vital if it means the difference between an allergy--or even an asthma--attack.

    In addition, Dr. Low Dog strongly urges allergy-sufferers to get rid of things that collect dust, dander and other allergens in your house, such as throw pillows, thick carpeting and drapes. “How often do you get drapes cleaned?” she asks. Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter and, of course, wash your hands frequently and take off pollen-filled clothes as soon as you get in the house.

    Indoor air filters can also be very useful, says Dr. Low Dog. “Houses with forced air heating and air conditioning can spread allergens throughout the house,” she says. “Putting a HEPA filter into that central unit can help remove a lot of those allergens.” You can also try a stand-alone air purifier in the allergy-sufferer’s bedroom, which Dr. Low Dog recommends running at least four hours per day. The highest-quality purifiers will have the UL seal and FDA approval, she says.

    Finally, Dr. Low Dog strongly recommends a saline nasal rinse. “It helps to keep the mucus thin and get rid of the pollen that’s in your nose,” she says. “It also relieves dryness, which is important--when you get cracks in the nasal mucosa it can increase the chance of infections.” Nasal rinses can be easy and inexpensive, too. Just add 1/8 tsp of iodine-free salt to 8 oz of warm water, along with a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the pH. She recommends using a neti pot, or a bulb syringe, to apply the rinse.

    Boost your allergy response with vitamins and supplements. Dr. Low Dog recommends getting several small doses of vitamin C each day, along with essential fatty acids from fish oil and flaxseed. “I also recommend freeze-dried stinging nettles. I like the Eclectic Institute brand, which was part of a clinical trial,” says Dr. Low Dog. “And I like butterbur, which has been shown in several trials to be as beneficial as a non-sedating antihistamine. Make sure you use a brand that is free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, compounds that can be toxic to the liver.” She recommends taking the nettles or butterbur at the beginning of hayfever season.

    Try over-the-counter or prescription solutions. “Non-sedating antihistamines like Zyrtec and Claritin can be useful,” says Dr. Low Dog. “I tell people that if they know they’re going to be outside on a high pollen day, take one a few hours before going out. You’ll get the short-acting effect without it making you sleepy.” Benadryl, on the other hand, should be reserved for quelling attacks, since it almost always induces drowsiness.

    Another option is a prescription nasal steroid, ideal for patients who with severe nasal allergy symptoms that do not respond to other measures. “They offer localized relief without necessitating a medication that affects the whole body,” says Dr. Low Dog.

    Boost digestive health. “I am a firm believer that reducing inflammation in the body is key,” says Dr. Low Dog. “Watch for food sensitivities and allergies, and do things to restore gut health.” She often recommends taking bitters (such as Angostura Bitters, one tbsp in 4 ounces water or Gallexier by Floradix) before a meal to help prime the digestive tract, along with a multi-strain probiotic. Together these help improve digestion and restore intestinal integrity, decreasing the risk of food-borne allergies and improving overall health.

    Ultimately, reducing allergy symptoms is as simple as reducing your exposure. But there are a variety of integrative approaches to quelling symptoms when exposure is inevitable. Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about other ways to find relief from your allergies.    

  • Stop Allergies Before They Start

    Spring is just around the corner…and so is the potential for debilitating hayfever symptoms. Start building immunity now and head off future sniffles and sneezes. We spoke with Lynn Childson, herbalist in Santa Fe, and Tolle Murphy, ND at our Seattle-Wallingford store, about getting your immunity in shape and getting ahead of the allergy game.

    “Nutrition is the foundation for strengthening and balancing your immune system,” says Tolle. In addition to a whole-food diet, she recommends a supplement such as Health Force Nutritionals Vitamineral Green. “The more that your immune system is functioning healthily, the less likely it will be to react badly to normal environmental allergens.”

    Lynn agrees that nutrition is an important first place to turn, counseling people with intense allergic reactions to take up a cleaner diet. “I go over their intake of allergenic foods, what we would say are the most reactive for people, like wheat, dairy, sugars and alcohol,” says Lynn. Both she and Tolle agree that eliminating foods you may be sensitive to helps keep your body from reaching the allergy-response plane too quickly.

    To help reduce the inflammatory response from foods, Lynn will also recommend a daily course of Reishi mushroom, which modulates the histamine response. She likes Fungi Perfecti’s Reishi Capsules. “Reishi is an adaptogen,” says Lynn. “Take it daily and it helps build red and white blood cells from the bone marrow, helping to make them operate more efficiently.”

    Lynn also likes to ensure that allergy-sufferers are getting a good dose of antioxidants, either in their diet or via supplementation. “I lean toward the purple fruits and veggies that help the tonicity of the mucous membranes,” she says, recommending Jarrow’s PomeGreat Pomegranate Grape & Blueberry concentrate as a good way to add in those extra natural bioflavonoids.

    Finally, when the pollens you know you’re allergic to are about to bloom, Tolle suggests Baraka’s Sinus Rejuvenation Oil. The formula combines organic essential oils to open airways and block allergen receptor sites. You can start using it a few days or weeks ahead of time, applying three times a day to the outside of the nostril. “The non-allergenic oils form a barrier on your skin, and the allergens have nowhere to go,” she says.

    For more advice on nutrition and supplements to help your allergy-fighting cause, talk to a licensed practitioner at Pharmaca today.

  • Building Your Allergy Defense

    Even if you feel like you’ve tried everything to combat those springtime allergies, there’s a good chance Pharmaca offers a few things you haven’t tried. We have a variety of natural and alternative remedies to boost your chances of surviving—and actually enjoying—allergy season. To learn more about taking a multi-pronged approach to allergy relief, we spoke with Dr. Ashleigh Putnam, naturopathic doctor at our Monterey store.

    The Supplements

    “I really love quercetin,” she says. The flavonoid, derived from fruits and vegetables is an antihistamine, she says, that “works for all sorts of allergies. You can take it all day long.” She recommends Jarrow’s Quercetin 500 mg. “Start with two capsules in the morning and add two to four capsules later in the day if needed.”

    Other recommendations: Aller-Leaf from Gaia Herbs, which is packed with naturally anti-inflammatory turmeric and a number of other herbs that can help reduce allergic reactions. In addition, “vitamin C is always helpful,” Dr. Putnam says. “It helps thin the mucous out, and is especially good for people with sinus allergies.” She likes Pharmaca brand vitamin C.

    The Neti Pot

    “Rinsing with a neti pot once or twice a day works great to get everything out of there,” says Dr. Putnam. “And it helps boost the integrity of the mucous membrane.” She recommends just adding a solution of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda to a standard 8 oz neti pot.

    The Nasal Spray

    Thorne QC Nasal Spray applies the quercetin right to the nasal mucosa,” says Dr. Putnam. “You’ll absorb it faster and thus get faster relief.” Unlike other nasal sprays, it’s not at all habit-forming, and can be used in conjunction with other medicines, even over-the-counter ones like Claritin.

    The Mushrooms

    Medicinal mushrooms can help with everything from immunity to respiratory problems. That’s why they can be an important addition to your allergy-fighting regimen. “New Chapter’s Lifeshield Immunity is great in general for the immune system,” says Dr. Putnam. “Pair that with quercetin and I’ve found that people are generally healthier and not affected by their allergies so much.” For specific respiratory issues, she also really likes New Chapter’s Lifeshield Breathe.

    The Probiotics

    The immunity-boosting standby, probiotics are another important supplement for general health. “If your immune system is healthy, you’re going to have fewer allergies,” says Dr. Putnam. “I like ones from Pharmax—pretty affordable and great quality.”

    Let Pharmaca help you take the holistic approach to managing your allergies this season.

  • Seasonal Allergy Relief

    When spring is in the air, allergens are also sure to accompany it. “There are a lot of things that set off the immune system,” says Peter Borregard, a homeopathic practitioner at Pharmaca’s Berkeley store. Peter reassures those who suffer from seasonal and consistent allergies that there are a wide selection of products and approaches to handle the problem.

    If you experience a reaction to a specific allergen, like pet dander or pollen, it is important to limit the exposure. Peter says he irrigates his sinus passages with a Neti pot after working in the yard.

    For deeper problems, he suggests that customers take steps to improve the gut, where much of the immune response is localized. Peter recommends probiotics and detoxification treatments as helpful stabilization tools for seasonal allergies.

    Some of Peter’s favorite products include natural remedies that incorporate homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, or herbal philosophies for healing. He usually directs customers to Boiron Sabadil, Bioallers, Alleraid Herbal, Gaia Herbs Aller-Leaf or stinging nettle leaf depending on individual symptoms and personal history.

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