A MONSOON MALADY: HOW TO COMBAT ALLERGIC COLDS THIS SEASON

“Rain, rain go away- I don’t want to get sick today”.

Bidding goodbye to the scorching summer heat, the onset of monsoons in India is gladly looked forward to for its pleasant, cooling aura. However, they bring along a host of diseases caused by bacteria and viruses.

From water-borne diseases to mosquito-borne ailments, there is a more common occurrence that most of us go through that significantly affects our productivity- allergic colds! Keeping them at bay, all you’ve got to do is take care of your health by taking preventive measures.

Weather Woes: Understanding the Link Between Monsoons and Respiratory Allergies

Myth: Getting wet in the rain leads you to fall sick.

Fact: Rains worsen one’s allergic symptoms, but there’s another explanation for the same. Read on to know more. 

Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis occur at particular times of the year due to exposure to certain allergens. Primarily mistaken with cold or flu, allergies can last for several months, while virus-borne respiratory diseases get cured within 7-14 days. Our allergic colds are a sign of a weakened immune system, which gets easily triggered by an allergen.

This chronic respiratory disease is caused by inflammation and irritation of the membranes lining the nose, manifesting itself in the form of several symptoms like:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing or wheezing
  • Itching of the nose
  • Runny nose
  • Post-nasal discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Watery eyes

According to the findings by the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 400 million people, globally, fight allergic rhinitis annually. Significantly reducing one’s quality of life, seasonal allergies lead to sleep disturbances, fatigue, headaches, and mood disturbances.

Do you ever wonder why these allergies aggravate during monsoons? Well, there are several plausible reasons for the same. Firstly, as the season changes, the cooling rains lower the temperature and barometric pressure and increase the humidity levels. This directly affects our immunity and nasal cavities, resulting in discomfort caused by heightened sinus pressure, congestion, or a runny nose.

Another paramount cause for the same is pollination. Popularly known as the season for pollens, rains often break up the fragmented pollen pieces from trees and the ground like Ragweed and spread them far and wide. They are also responsible for making pollen counts worse as they nourish the flowering plants, leading to an abundance in the lush greens. A major trigger for allergy and asthma sufferers, this phenomenon can prove to be their worst nightmare.

Surrounded by damp surfaces and elevated moisture levels, did you know that indoor pollutants can also lead to distressing allergic colds during monsoons? As we spend most of our time indoors, dust mites or bacteria settle in our carpets, rugs, duvets, or other household items that can contribute to the same. Appalling, isn’t it?

Luckily for us, there are several precautionary measures that we can take to lower our susceptibility to such conditions. After all, isn’t prevention always better than cure?

Level Up: Tips to Prevent Allergic Colds This Season
Although seasonal allergies are not considered severe health hazards, they can be extremely impairing. So, it’s time to brace ourselves to avoid falling sick this season. Executing simple measures, promise yourself the gift of health by boosting your immunity. Abiding by the adage, ‘health is wealth’, follow a few easy steps to enjoy this season to the fullest.

  • Eat a balanced meal: Similar to fighting any illness, ensure that you are eating a healthy meal, comprising sufficient proteins, nutrients, carbohydrates, and minerals. While you replenish yourself with your greens, there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of hot, delicious soup on a rainy day.
  • Keep yourself warm and dry: If you find yourself drenched in the rainy season, dry yourself quickly and change into a fresh set of clothes. Prolonged exposure to wetness will reduce your body temperature, making you susceptible to a cold. Taking steam inhalation helps relieve the pressure. Furthermore, treat yourself to a luring cup of hot tea or coffee, soon after. A tempting fantasy, isn’t it?
  • Distance Yourself from contagious people: If there’s something we’ve learned in the past two years, then it’s to maintain a safe distance from patients who show such symptoms. Common colds, coughs, and flu are highly contagious, and therefore, you must be alert. Avoid sharing food or utensils with such a person during this period, and wear a mask if you feel under the weather.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene: Wash your hands frequently and take a shower after getting wet to get rid of any germs or bacteria. Use a sanitizer, and properly discard your used napkins or other materials. Keep your surroundings clean and dust-free to eliminate the incidence of external pollutants. Opening your windows during warmer hours allows fresh air to enter in. Finally, if you have pets, you must groom them to maintain their hygiene standards.

Now, now! While these are some basic steps to follow, you would often hear your grandparents imparting sage advice on how natural ingredients help in treating these symptoms? Bundled up in the traditional, age-old practice of aromatherapy, several essential oils like eucalyptus and sweet basil help to fight cold and congestion.

Breathe: It’s Time to Say No to Allergic Colds

With our soul-stirring vision of promoting holistic health, we at SA constantly strive toward aligning your mind and body by alleviating numerous symptoms. An alternative practice, aromatherapy is known for its healing properties and uplifting one’s bodily woes through the therapeutic fragrances of essential oils.

Realizing the need for a one-stop solution to a relaxing, congestion-free monsoon, our Breathe Roll-On lives up to its name. Filled with synergistic essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, and Lavender, is there a better time to immerse yourself in its healing aura? While eucalyptus is known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, peppermint acts as a natural decongestant. Similarly, by blending the best of several herbs, all you’ve got to do is rotate this easy-to-use Roll-On onto your pulse points and let it work its charm. Whether you keep it at your bedside or on the go, maintain a minimum gap of 4 hours between use.
 
Use this elixir, and say hello to a healthier you! Revel in their manifold benefits such as:

  • Boosts immunity
  • Clears congestion
  • Calms your frayed nerves
  • Opens airways

So, are you ready to relax, renew and roll on? Well, hurry and enjoy a clear, congestion-free monsoon by purchasing your Roll-On at: https://secretalchemist.com/collections/relaxation/products/breathe?variant=37778888130737