Andrei Javier, M.D., For 12th & Broad 6:05 a.m. CT March 16, 2017
You don't have to suffer from allergies in silence. Get some help and maybe some honey.(Photo: Pixabay.com)
The sun is coming out and the days are longer, which means spring is in the air and the flowers are blooming. Sadly, blooming flowers also means pollen. For many living in Middle Tennessee, seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on their daily lives. If you are one of these allergy sufferers you are not alone. Over 50 million people in the United States are affected by allergies and Nashville and other cities in Middle Tennessee consistently rank in the top 30 Allergy Capitals according to theAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America.It is said that our unique mix of topography, weather patterns, and plethora of pollen producing flora have created a perfect storm for allergy sufferers.
What exactly are allergies?
While our immune system generally keeps us safe and wards off illness, sometimes it can go a little haywire. Pollen and other usually harmless particles can cause your immune system to overreact, so your allergic reaction is actually your bodys way of ...